Maharashtra: Psychological evaluation of Class X students made mandatory
Such psychological tests to understand a student’s aptitude are conducted by the government-run Institute of Vocational Guidance and Selection.
The Maharashtra government will make the psychological evaluation of all Class X students compulsory from this year. The objective is to understand the aptitude of children. The state believes these tests will help students understand which stream of education they should pursue or which vocation they are best suited for.
The tests will be conducted online.
Such psychological tests to understand a student’s aptitude are conducted by the government-run Institute of Vocational Guidance and Selection. The tests were till now voluntary, with those desirous of knowing their aptitude approaching the institute. Under the National Education Policy, vocational guidance of students at the secondary and higher secondary level has been termed as an important mode of harnessing the potential of students. The state has claimed that such methods help clearing doubts in the minds of students as well as their guardians on what vocational stream they should pursue in their lives. There are 22,000 secondary and higher secondary schools in Maharashtra with a total intake of 65 lakh students. While there are 2.5 lakh teachers, the number of certified vocational counsellors in the state is only 539. These counsellors are spread across nine branches of the vocational guidance institute. Due to staff crunch, the institute is able to provide help to only those students who approach it. To tide over this problem, the state has decided to conduct these tests online. All Class 10 students will have to undertake these tests online and the counsellors will mail them their reports after evaluation. The tests will commence from this year and the state is hoping the move will help students who will start junior college from next year to take an informed decision on what stream they should select. “It will not be compulsory for the students to heed the advice of the counsellor. However, knowing where your strength lies will help students take an informed decision,” said a senior official of the education department.