I did an in depth study on the Vocational Higher Secondary Education Department of Kerala and is of the view that it must be merged with the State Higher Secondary Education Department.
The Major DRAW BACK of VHSE Department are,
1) Unavailability of students in VHSE and vacant seats in HSE
VHSE is always considered as a last resort for education in plus two levels. Schools which are conducting VHSE courses are always finding difficult in getting students in each year. (One of the schools which I know where the total allotted student strength in 2 batches for two years is 100, hardly gets 30 students each year that too at the last moment before the admission closes).
It is interesting to say that the total number of seats which remains vacant in HSE in each year is more than the total number of students studying in the VHSE in the whole state.
2) Deviated objective of VHSE
The objective of Vocational Higher Secondary education is to make a student capable of handling a technical skill with out further external support. As at present it has much diverted from the actual objective. Present system adopted by the State Government is just equivalent to higher secondary Courses with addition of vocational courses in it. In many schools it has been seen that the importance of the Vocational subject is totally neglected giving more importance to non vocational course there by nullifying the importance of VHSE.
A student who completes the VHSE course must be able to handle the technical skill he acquired with out much external technical support. But now most of the students who join VHSE are just joining as a last resort and such students never acquire any technical skills after completing the course and they go out empty handed after (Better say wasting) two years.
Further the responsibility of the VHSE department finishes once the students completes the course and a certificate issued on successful completion of the course.
3) Outdated courses -
Most of the Vocational Courses offered to students at present are outdated. To cite just an example, the Type writing skill associated with the course Office Secretary-ship is a mere waste in the present scene. When computer has replaced Typewriter and almost any one can handle a computer now a days, what relevance does it make with the course?. Another one course in Agriculture (Plant Protection) does not offer any job even to the brightest student who studies this. Then what is the use of such courses?
4) Work load comparison
If we compare the work load of VHSE staff it has been seen that it is much lower than the work load of Higher secondary staff (I am saying about the actual work load and not the written work load) The Vocational staff may be afraid of losing the "Benefits" of low work load enjoyed by them, once they are reallocated to other departments or in the same department itself with different nature of work there by resisting the new system.
It has been seen that most of the time the teaching staff instead of performing their duty are seen engaged in surfing free internet social sites or discussing family matters
Hence my suggestion is that both departments (VHSE & HSE) should be merged together and the excess staff must be redeployed accordingly, The suggestions includes,
1) Many Vocational staff working in the Vocational Higher Secondary Education Department are interested to get reallocated in other departments. Hence option may be called for from the interested employees of VHSE to get reallocated/ Redeployed
2) Most of the Non Vocational teachers don?t have any resistance against the new proposed system of merging VHSE department with HSE department because they themselves likes to be known as a part of the Higher Secondary Education Department rather than the VHSE Department (This is evident from the employees turn over of the department to HSE Dept.) Only some vocational Staff is resisting the change in to new system of merging. To limit their resistance it is better to start implementing the new system in stages. As the success of any system depends on the mentality of Human Resource in it, only those who are interested in reallocation should be included in the first phase
3) The VHSE may be stopped in a phased manner in stages to incorporate the new scheme (Vocational Education and Training Center (VET). For this the new system has to be introduced in an experimental basis in this academic year (2012-13) itself, study the drawbacks, make necessary changes and implement in full fledge from the next academic year onwards
4) Counseling the Vocational Staff for fear of unemployment - Most of the Vocational Staff misbelieve that they may be thrown out unemployed when the new scheme is introduced.
5) The case of handling the VHSE staff in aided Management Schools should be thought of separately
Expeting to get a health discussion and suggestions based on the topic
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