The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to offer skill courses as an additional sixth subject for students of classes 6-11 starting from academic year 2020-21, reports Economic Times.
Sharing the details, CBSE's Director, Training and Skill Education, Biswajit Sinha said that the board has decided to offer students the flexibility of making a vocational choice of a short duration course of 12 hours at an early stage in their academic span, either at class 6, 7 or 8.
Sinha emphasised that the move will provide the students an early orientation which will aid them in making a choice at a later stage to pursue skills at the secondary and senior secondary level, or choose a higher vocational degree.
He also stressed that the move will expose the students to multiple career opportunities in contrast to the present situation where rigidity steps in after the first choice is made.
It should also be noted that as per the current CBSE policy, if a student fails in any one of the three elective subjects - science, mathematics or social science - then it will be replaced by the skill subject offered as the sixth subject, and the result of class 10 will be computed based on the best five subjects.
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