The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is planning to introduce vocational subjects as mandatory options for students of class X and XII.
As of now, there are 40 optional CBSE vocational courses running in the curriculum. However, as per instructions from the government, the Board is currently finalizing a roadmap to make skill-based professional courses a mandatory choice so as to ensure that those who leave school midway, do not have to be reliant on the government for employment.
“India has only 5 per cent skilled workforce. But the need for skilled workers will grow by 2 per cent or more a year over the next five years. We want children to pick up real life applications at an early stage so that their skills can be honed over time and developed for the country’s better future,” said a CBSE official.
The Board is weighing down various options to start teaching of foundations of accountancy and auditing, electrical and automobile technology, banking, health care sciences, IT application, as well as fashion designing right from Class VI.
Currently, all these subjects start from the IX standard.”By exploring a student’s interest at an early age, the board will determine orientation of students to prepare them to face future challenges in life,” the official commented.
CBSE, until now, has been offering 40 vocational courses at the senior secondary level and four at the secondary level – all as optional subjects.
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