The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to do away with the vocational courses which have fewer takers. For this purpose, the board has constituted a committee which will review these courses. There are more than 100 vocational courses that CBSE offers and very few courses are gaining the attention of students.
There are some courses, which are being opted by fewer students. For instance, only six students opted for retail services for the upcoming board examinations. On the other hand, there are only 11 takers for health care management, 34 students for the confectionary course, 55 for front office operations and 16 for integrated transport operations.
However, some vocational courses received a high number of takers which include: -
- Web Application
- Database Management
- Stenography English
- Mass Media Studies
Inderjeet Dagar, Principal of College of Vocational Studies, Delhi University was of the opinion that the mindset of people is the main reason behind such numbers. There is a general perception that vocational courses are meant for below-average students.
On the other hand, during the initial years of the introduction of vocational courses, there were no proper labs, instructors and provisions for hands-on-practice. However, in the recent years, all the issues have been sorted out and more jobs are being created. Therefore, it may take some time for these courses to catch up with the pace.
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Usually, class 12 students have the option to choose one language and one or two subjects from humanities/ commerce/ science streams as well as two or three vocational subjects. Class 10 students also have the option to choose the vocational course as an additional subject and the scores of these vocational subjects are added to the overall results. On the other hand, scores of vocational subjects are not added to the overall results in class 12.
The committee constituted by CBSE will analyse data for the past few years and recommended the courses that need to be scrapped. The scrapping of unpopular vocational courses will help the CBSE to minimise the schedule of examinations from 45 days to 30 days.