THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A delegation of clinical psychologists on Tuesday met Chief Minister Oommen Chandy here and held discussions on various issues, including the importance of including them in the medical board for assessing children with learning disability.
The team explained to the Chief Minister the flaws in assessing children with learning disability in the absence of clinical psychologists in the medical board. Another issue discussed was the compulsion on clinical psychologists to do the evaluation for the medical board even when they are not included in it.
After the discussions, Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists, Kerala region, president Dr S Satheesh Nair said that all the issues were discussed with the Chief Minister.
‘’We had already given a memorandum to the government raising these issues,’’ he said.
Making available the service of the clinical psychologists to the people in the medical college hospitals and the other government hospitals also came up for discussion.
The ‘Express’ had reported that the assessment of children with learning disability by the Normal Medical Board, which does not have a clinical psychologist, for providing concessions is causing confusion and leading to improper evaluation.
Earlier, the assessment was done by a team of members which included a clinical psychologist.
It has been alleged that the new method will only lead to ineligible candidates cornering concessions.
Apart from Nair, the others who were present in the discussion are Association joint secretary Dr Sany Varghese, vice-president Mercy Sebastin and Sajani Velayudhan.