No counsellor,SIE career guidance cell loses steam

Once a guiding light which showed students the right career path,the State Institute of Education’s (SIE) Guidance Resource Centre is now suffering for want of a regular counsellor.

Written by CHHAVI BHATIA | Chandigarh | Published: February 19, 2010 4:59:38 am

Once a guiding light which showed students the right career path,the State Institute of Education’s (SIE) Guidance Resource Centre is now suffering for want of a regular counsellor. Teachers at the Sector-32 institute rue that this has led to a sharp decline in the popularity of the aptitude test they conduct.

The centre has been running without a regular and professionally trained counsellor for around three years now.

Till sometime ago,the institute had a counsellor who proceeded on leave for further studies. Once she joined back,she was posted by the Education department in a government school.

“The post has been lying vacant since then. Repeated reminders to the department have not borne any fruit. The centre’s reputation of being one of its kind has been adversely affected in the absence of a career guide,” said a teacher at the SIE.

The aptitude test conducted by the centre as well as its career counselling cell drew students in hordes till a few years ago.

The test comprises a four-part written examination which focuses on a student’s aptitude,interest,personality and intelligence. Students are suggested the right career option after evaluating their score in the tests.

“We still have parents coming to us regularly for career counselling for their children but most of the times we have to turn them back as there is no counsellor. There is no point befooling parents and students and getting them counselled from a less trained person,” reasoned another teacher.

Sources claim that the centre has seen a downfall after the post of principal was converted into that of Deputy District Education Officer (private school).

The Guidance Resource Centre is the only recognised body in the region to provide career counselling to parents and students on the basis of a written test.

It also provides information on various educational institutes pan-India and for higher education abroad as well. Officials at the Education department,meanwhile,claimed they were aware of the matter and appointing counsellors for various posts was “under way.”

Dr Surinder S Dahiya,director of the institute,too expressed unhappiness on the turn of events.

He claims that the centre has turned into a makeshift arrangement for many counsellors.

“The department keeps on shifting staff from the centre which

disrupts the working of the cell. With the department appointing counsellors in schools as well,the popularity of the aptitude tests has been hit. We have written to authorities to fill the post but to no avail.”

He added that the test would prove fruitful only when a thorough professional analyses the score to obtain the right results.

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