Students in Delhi’s government schools will soon have the option of venturing beyond the usual syllabus and pursuing vocational subjects, with the education department planning to introduce these subjects from this academic session.
The subjects, being offered in the wake of a MoU between the National Skill Development Corporation and the education department, will be offered in 200 government schools in the city.
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“Two streams per school will be started in 200 government senior secondary schools, including the 50 pilot model schools from the present academic year. As per the National Skill Qualification Framework, the subjects will be offered to students between Class IX and Class XII. The subjects will not only provide more choices to students, but also enable them to specialise in a particular skill,” said a senior official from the education department.
The National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) is a competency-based framework that organises qualifications according to levels of knowledge, skills and aptitude. The levels, graded from one to 10, are defined in terms of learning outcomes which the learner must possess regardless of whether they are obtained through formal or informal modes of learning.
Eight vocational streams, offered by the CBSE, include IT, automobile, retail, beauty and wellness, healthcare, travel and tourism, financial market management and security.
Nearly 190 government schools presently offer some of the subjects from the list of vocational courses.
“We are starting with 200 schools, but plan to do much more.The department will endeavor to take up vocationalisation and encourage skill development in a big way, by offering such choices in all our schools,” the official added.
Students studying in these schools have also expressed excitement over the prospect of studying new courses.
“It is the age of computers and internet, and I have always wanted to do something in IT. If it is offered in my school, I will definitely take up IT as a subject,” said Pravin, a student from Government Boys Senior Secondary School, Mayur Vihar.