Also the government had plans to do away with the vocational higher secondary education system as it exists today. Instead regular higher secondary courses would be taught in all schools. There would be vocational modules which could be selected by students, he said.
Mr.Rabb said the bracketing of standards nine and ten with the highersecondary classes was a consequence of the Right to Education Act.“Under this Act standard eight would go to the upper primary section.So, standards nine and ten would either have to exist in isolation orhave to be clubbed with 11 and 12. So there will be primary classes,secondary classes and higher secondary classes. This is the thinking thegovernment has. This is not going to be implemented tomorrow. Thegovernment would hold discussions with everyone concerned on theseissues,” he said.On the vocational education front,the government's thinking appeared to be that the vocational courses asthey had outlived their utility and needed to be restructured in tunewith the current industry norms, he said.Accordingto a senior department official, the new vocational modules which would be offered along with regular higher secondary courses would drawinspiration from the Prime Minister's national skill development missionand would have industry accreditation.However, theMinister's statement drew protests from teachers' organisations,notably the Kerala State School Teachers Association.
Ina press note here, the association termed the declaration unilateraland asked the Minister to withdraw the same. Hasty declarations ofreform would create confusion in the education sector. Such decisionscould only be seen as part of the government's move to stymie public schools by giving NOCs to CBSE schools. The Private School Vocational Lecturers' Association too came out against the Minister's announcement.
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