Pre-vocational courses get boost with school tie-ups
The Goa board of secondary and higher secondary education has allowed schools offering pre-vocational courses that do not have sufficient infrastructure to support the courses, to tie up with other schools that have the necessary infrastructure in place.
Under the pre-vocational scheme which was introduced a couple of years ago, students can opt for pre-vocational courses like food production and agriculture, instead of mathematics, science or social sciences. The idea is to reduce dropouts by allowing students to opt out of subjects they find tough.
"Some schools do not have adequate infrastructure or facilities for practical work/teaching faculty for the implementation of the pre-vocational scheme. The objective of introducing pre-vocational subjects is for students to choose an option for subjects like mathematics, science or social science which they cannot cope with. The purpose is also to introduce students to a career in the vocational stream in food production, electrical and agriculture," the circular states.
The scheme has been introduced to help students with specific learning disabilities to cope with academics and receive vocational training. "Schools with inadequate infrastructure/facilities for implementation of the scheme are instructed to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding. The MoU should be entered with any other schools that already have the required facilities and is recognized by the board. The change of subjects will be allowed to students either from the second term of Class IX or by July 31 of that particular academic year when the candidate appears for SSCE March/April examination," the circular reads. [TOI]