Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has scrapped academic electives and vocational subjects from the academic session 2017-2018 while making it compulsory in Class X. With this move, all the schools have been asked not to offer the subjects from the coming session 2017-2018.
CBSE said lesser enrolment was behind the move and subjects excluded are:
Academic Electives: Philosophy, Creative Writing and Translation Studies, Heritahe Craft, Graphic Design, Human Rights and Gender Studies, Theatre Studies and Library and Information Science.
Vocational Subjects: Poultry nutrition and physiology, poultry products and technology, poultry disease and their control, foundry technology, management of dairy animals, milk marketing and entrepreneurship, dairy product technology, nail technology and retail, arts and science of makeup and retail, estimation in civil engineering, elementary structural mechanics, secretarial practice and accounting, office communication, AC & refrigeration I/II, biology ophthalmic, optics, ophthalmic technology, lab medicine, clinical biochemistry, microbiology, radiation physics, radiography I/II, health education-communication, first aid & emergency medical care, child health nursing, midwifery, health centre management, integrated transport operations, bakery, confectionary, music aesthetics and music production.
In another move, CBSE said it has remodeled assessment scheme of Class 10 Board examination making the vocational subject compulsory under National Skills Qualifications Framework (NSQF) scheme, with effect from the academic year 2017-18. Under the new scheme, students will have 6 subjects instead of the usual 5 subjects in class 10.
Under the new formula, students should study 2 language papers, science, social science, mathematics, and one vocational subject.
If a candidate fails to pass in any one of the three elective subjects, i.e. science, social science, mathematics, then it will be replaced by the vocational subject (that is offered as 6th subject). In case a candidate desires to reappear for the failed subject, they can appear in the compartmental examination.
The vocational subject’s maximum marks will be 100, with Board exam carrying 50 marks, and 50 marks being allocated to internal assessment/practicals. The minimum score should be 33% marks in both board exam, and practical exam respectively to pass the subject. This scheme includes 13 different subjects as vocational studies.