The National Education Policy-2020 (NEP-2020) places significant importance on skill education in schools as a means to promote holistic development among students. This policy aims to bridge the gap between vocational and mainstream education, gradually integrating vocational programs into all educational institutions. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), in compliance with NEP-2020, has introduced skill modules specifically designed for middle school students (classes VI-VIII). These skill modules are aligned with the subjects offered in secondary and senior secondary classes, fostering practical learning experiences. This article will provide an overview of the skill modules and guidelines set by CBSE to promote skill education in schools.
Skill Modules Offered
CBSE has introduced a diverse range of skill modules, each with a duration of 12-15 hours, to cater to the varied interests and aptitudes of middle school students. The skill modules include:
- Artificial Intelligence
- Beauty & Wellness
- Design Thinking & Innovation
- Financial Literacy
- Information Technology
- Marketing/ Commercial Application
- Mass Media – Being Media Literate
- Travel & Tourism
- Data Science (Class VIII only)
- Augmented Reality / Virtual Reality
- Digital Citizenship
- Life Cycle of Medicine & Vaccine
- Things You Should Know about Keeping Medicines at Home
- What to Do When Doctor Is Not Around
- Humanity & Covid-19
- Blue Pottery
- Block Printing
- Food Preservation
- Herbal Heritage
- Mask Making
- Mass Media
- Making of a Graphic Novel
- Kashmiri Embroidery
- Application of Satellites
Guidelines for Skill Modules Implementation
To ensure effective implementation of skill modules, CBSE has provided the following guidelines:
- Duration and Allocation: Each skill module is designed to be completed within 12-15 hours. Out of this duration, 70% should be dedicated to hands-on activities, while 30% can be allocated to theoretical aspects.
- Utilization of Time: Schools have the flexibility to schedule skill module sessions during “Bagless Days,” vacation breaks (Winter, Autumn, and Summer breaks), or summer camps. Additionally, schools can consider introducing regular periods for selective skill modules to encourage more students to participate.
- Skill Module Selection: Students are free to choose any skill module(s) from classes VI, VII, and VIII, based on their interests. Regardless of the class, students must begin with the first module of a particular topic and progress sequentially.
- Multiple Skill Modules: Students can opt for more than one skill module during an academic session. However, it is advisable not to undertake multiple skill modules simultaneously to ensure a focused learning experience. After completing a skill module, students can either proceed to the next module in the same topic or choose a skill module from another topic.
- Teaching Staff: Schools have the option to hire specialized teachers/trainers or assign existing subject teachers to deliver the skill modules. CBSE provides a suggestive list of existing subject teachers who can be engaged for teaching the skill modules.
- Assessment: The assessment of skill modules will be conducted by the respective schools, following guidelines, criteria, and modalities provided by CBSE. These guidelines will be shared with schools shortly.
- Skill Module Delivery: Schools can deliver skill modules through Hobby Clubs, Innovation Clubs, Skill Clubs, Hubs of Learning, or the Skill Hub initiative, if available. This encourages students to participate in skill-based activities beyond the regular curriculum.
- Information and Registration: Schools intending to introduce skill modules for classes VI-VIII should provide relevant information and details to CBSE. The official CBSE website (www.cbse.nic.in) and the academic website (www.cbseacademic.nic.in) provide access to the necessary information and registration process through the School As Knowledge & Skill Hub (SAKSH) tile or the Skill Education (Class VI, VII, VIII) section.
- Study Material: CBSE has prepared study material for all skill modules in collaboration with respective Sector Skills Councils, industry representatives, and organizations. The study material is accessible on the CBSE academic website, specifically the ‘Skill Education’ webpage under the books section for middle school students.
With the introduction of skill modules aligned with NEP-2020, CBSE aims to empower middle school students with practical knowledge and enhance their vocational aptitude. These skill modules provide an opportunity for students to explore diverse subjects and develop relevant skills. Schools are encouraged to select skill modules suitable for their infrastructure, faculty, and student demand, ensuring a well-rounded and engaging learning experience. For further inquiries or feedback, schools can contact the Joint Secretary of the Department of Skill Education at email@example.com. By embracing skill education, schools can play a pivotal role in preparing students for future challenges and nurturing their talents beyond conventional academics.
For detailed information, please visit https://cbseacademic.nic.in/web_material/Circulars/2023/48_Circular_2023.pdf