Q&A: Students get exposure through skill courses at the school-level
Monday, July 22, 2019
Biswajit Saha, director (Vocational & Training), CBSE, talks to Rajlakhsmi Ghosh about the relevance of skill courses at school level
Are schools inclined to adopt skill-based courses right from class IX onwards?
Schools are more informed and sensitised to think out-of-the-box to enhance the capabilities of both teachers and students. This explains why over 6500 CBSE affiliated schools are offering skill-based subjects right from class IX onwards. However, parents need to come out of their pre-conditioned mindsets. This will help their children choose both academic and skill subjects based on individual interest and aptitude at the secondary and senior secondary level.
What are the skill courses offered by CBSE schools? Are they in sync with industry demands?
CBSE offers different baskets of subjects, which are mapped with future career options. This includes the area of agriculture or legal studies, hospitality, finance and business, fashion studies, cost accountancy, taxation, marketing, mass media, music, fine arts or banking and insurance health care, engineering science (such as Computer Science/IT/ Electronics/ Electrical/ Automotive/ Geospatial Technology) or even emerging areas such as artificial intelligence.
What kind of marks can students hope to get by pursuing these courses? Will it help in their college admissions?
The Board encourages students to acquire domain-specific skills and become competent in a specific area. The focus here is not really on marks. As thrust towards practical skill components is more in skill subjects than academic subjects, all that students need to do is to get involved with their chosen course, and they will automatically score well in the skill subjects. Due to UGC intervention, many of the universities in India have already started offering career-driven courses at the UG level, which will definitely make a huge provision for the students (opting for skill courses) during college admission in the coming years.
Should students think about specific career choices at the school level through skill courses since they are prone to be indecisive at that stage?
Students may take this as an opportunity to explore the various career options available at school level. In the past, majority of the students used to think about their career once they completed their BA/BCom/BSc. With different skill subjects at school level, students have enormous flexibility to exercise their choices. The Board provides tele-counselling facility and has also uploaded a compendium of courses after class XII on its website besides training and updating school counsellors and teachers about various career options to help the child make better and informed decisions.