Kolkata : The Council for Indian School Certificate Examination (CISCE) has decided to introduce three new skill based subjects from 2020-2021 academic year. The subjects will be optional and can be chosen as additional in classes IX-X and as one of the main subjects in classes XI-XII. Also, the Council has decided to introduce performing arts and physical education as optional subjects in classes I to VIII.
The decision has been warmly applauded by teachers, students and even the guardians many of who believe that this will open up many career opportunities before students preferring to study unconventional subjects and not the traditional ones like medical or engineering.
“We have decided to introduce three skill based subjects including – hospitality management and tourism, beauty and wellness and legal studies in classes IX to XII. We are in the process of framing the syllabus and we may introduce them from 2020 -2021 session,” said Council secretary and chief executive Gerry Arathoon on Wednesday from Siliguri while announcing the decisions.
Mohor Ghosh, mother of a Class VI student affiliated to ICSE said that her daughter wants to study Cosmetology after completing ISC. “We were contemplating to send her to a renowned college in Canada. If my daughter gets to study about the subject even before joining undergraduate studies then she will be more confident while making a career selection,” she said.
School principals too feels that the decision will be a forward looking one. “The new skill based subjects which the Council is contemplating to introduce are vocational. They will help students to choose a career. Someone taking up law can now do legal studies in school. Otherwise, for students taking up Law in UG programs, it is a new subject. Till now, mostly students with ho had opted for political science or sociology in Higher Secondary classes opted to study Law. With the decision, it will become easier for students to make an informed career choice in UG,” said principal of The Heritage School, Seema Sapru.
Nabarun De, principal of Central Modern School in Baranagar added “Beauty and wellness is an individual career option. It is not only about makeup or wearing makeup anymore. Rather it is a science that one needs to understand. From hair, nutrition, diet, skin everything is involved. It is a research based subject. Studying the skill based subject from school can lead to a career later.”
De explained that three different career options will open before students which otherwise till now remained completely new until they opted to study the subjects in undergraduate. “Judiciously the students can choose their career,” he pointed out.
“Our pass-out go into wide spectrum of society and not only engineers and medical profession. The basic knowledge will be given right from school which they may opt to continue in UG courses. CISCE wants students to enter into every spectrum of the society and not only engineering which the parallel board promotes,” said principal of Rammohan Mission School, Sujoy Biswas.
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