Campuses check staff history
An increasing number of elite city schools and colleges are getting background checks done on their teaching and non-teaching staff, following a rash of sexual harassment complaints against the staff at some schools in the city.mumbai Updated: Dec 13, 2009 01:57 IST
An increasing number of elite city schools and colleges are getting background checks done on their teaching and non-teaching staff, following a rash of sexual harassment complaints against the staff at some schools in the city.
Members of the emerging screening industry in Mumbai said most of their clients come from the city’s international schools and other upper-end institutions that take in children of high profile individuals.
The trend is being fuelled by an increasing number of educational institutes wary of what the adverse publicity from a sexual harassment charge could do to their reputations, and of course, their admissions.
“As a trend, background checks at educational institutes have just started in the city, but it’s catching on,” said Ashish Dehade, managing director (West Asia) at First Advantage, one of the background check agencies in the city.
Dehade explained that typical teaching staff at an educational institute would include professors and teachers, while non-teaching staff would include lab assistants, drivers, peons and cleaners.
“Background checking becomes even more critical with people like peons, drivers, conductors and security guards, as they change their jobs more frequently and there is no record of their past histories,” said Dinesh Pillai, chief executive officer at Mahindra Special Services Group, another firm offering background checking services.
A typical background check includes enquiries into the subject’s academic qualification, past work experience, references, criminal record, if any, and his or her lifestyle habits, the experts said.