The course will seek to develop students’ skills and under it workshops will be held to enhance their creativity.
Mumbai: The state government’s education department, which had started a vocational course for Class 9 and 10 students of state board schools in order to increase their chances of getting a good job after they complete their schooling, has widened the scope of the programme. Now, 500 municipal schools have been included while teachers have themselves received training from industry insiders. The course will seek to develop students’ skills and under it workshops will be held to enhance their creativity.
The students will be taught five subjects trice a week in addition to their regular subjects: the multi-skill foundation, mechanical technology, electrical technology, electronics technology and introduction to basic technology.
According to Suvarna Kharat, deputy secretary, school education department, around 30 per cent of the students who had passed out last year managed to secure good employment opportunities after being a part of the course.
“Not every student can become a doctor or engineer. There are students who are capable of something else, and that potential will be enhanced through the vocational course and workshops,” Ms Kharat said.
When The Asian Age visited some of the schools to look into the nature of the workshops and activities in which students are engaged, it was found out that they are being trained to make gadgets such as vacuum cleaners, and computer hardware and electronic systems. The department feels these kind of activities will look good on the child’s future resume and would avail him more and better opportunities.