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CBSE makes art education mandatory in all schools

Posted on Friday, April 12, 2019

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Starting from this academic session (2019-20), the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed all schools affiliated to the regulatory body to use art in teaching and learning processes from classes I to XII.

Schools must have art education as a mandatory subject from classes I to XII. They need to reserve at least two periods, per week, per class for art education. All major forms of art such as music, theatre, dance and visual arts should be utilised to teach students, and focus must be given to make the classes more interactive, participatory and experiential rather than instructive.

According to a CBSE circular, besides the four art forms, schools must introduce culinary art in upper primary sections (classes VI to VII) as well. This will help students learn the value of nutritious food, learn about the crops and spices grown in India, use of pesticides, etc. Schools can also introduce cooking classes as part of art education.

“Non-examination-based and process-oriented evaluation shall be done. Theory practical and project work will be basic components of all art forms to be taught,” reads the circular.

The move came after the understanding that in the course curriculum that the regulatory body follows, information is primarily packaged in textbooks. “Information takes precedence over knowledge, lending itself to producing bulky textbooks, ‘quizzing’ and methods of mechanical retrieval rather than understanding and problem solving,” the circular adds.

Following discussions with various stakeholders such as schools, principals, teachers, NECRT and art professionals, the board decided that integration of art will make learning sessions joyful and will also promote the appreciation of India’s rich and cultural heritage.


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