Times News Service
Muscat: Indian school students will be provided free psychometric evaluation so that they have a clearer understanding of the career choices after they finish school and can work towards excelling in their chosen field.
The initiative was launched by the Board of Directors of Indian Schools in Oman and is available to students free of cost. It is currently being rolled out to students of grade IX and X and is likely to be extended to students in those grades who have a career path immediately ahead.
Psychometric assessments help students get a better understanding of what career options is suited to them, their personality and skills. Understanding one’s own abilities and aptitudes is important to succeed in life. Designed by psychologists, these assessments provide clear ideas as to what career path are apt.
It is hoped that the assessment, carried out by the board’s Samriddhi Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, will help improve key skills of students, as well as identify areas that need attention. After taking this assessment, students will receive a comprehensive report about their abilities and aptitudes along with recommended career options.
Eventually, this will help students choose the right stream after class X. Psychometric assessments for students of classes IX and X were conducted on Saturday, 5 February 2022.
“By conducting this psychometric assessment for students, the board aims to help them discern their cognitive abilities and attitudes so that they can choose the right stream at higher secondary level,” said Dr Sivakumar Manikkan, chairman of the board. “It is the first time such a centralised assessment is being done for the students of Indian schools in Oman free of cost.”
There are about 39,000 students enrolled at 21 Indian schools across Oman. About 5,000 of them are in grades IX and X.
“Right now, it is not all that applicable to students of other grades, so we will do it for students of these two standards alone,” added Manikkan. “It is possible that in future, we could roll this out for others as well.”