Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE, is making waves by introducing new electives for its students; the latest stint being in theatre, legal studies and general studies. Come 2014-15 students, Class XI and XII, will have the option of choosing from the above as an elective, it definitely is a turn from the humdrum courses running. Amongst others; NCC, human rights and an inimitable “Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India” will also be available to the senior secondary students.
Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE said, “Theatre studies is now going to be offered in all schools after their pilot run on first-come-first-served basis in 2013-14. Theatre can also play an important role in reinforcing and furthering the learning of other academic subjects which are taught in conventional ways.” The first batch will take their board exams in these subjects in March 2015. “It concretizes issues that would otherwise remain abstract and difficult for children to grasp. It puts life back into bookish learning,” he also added.
New electives for Class XI students
Human rights and gender studies have been received well in the test run in 50 schools in the ongoing session. The objective of this subject is “create awareness about law, administration of justice, need for equality of opportunity and have an understanding of the history of gender and division of labour”, said Joshi. Legal studies will definitely prove beneficial for those considering a five year law course ahead. “The board wants to give a competitive edge to students who wish to prepare for a career in law. Prior to opting for law in higher studies, students will get an idea about the subject and their own aptitude. Based on the response during our pilot run, we are extending the option to all schools who would like to offer the subject,” said Joshi.
Legal studies will include theory and nature and sources of law, historical evolution of Indian legal system, nature of political institutions, arbitration, tribunal adjudication and alternate dispute resolution, civil and criminal courts and processes, family justice system, human rights in India, the international context and an overview of the legal profession in India.
Human rights and gender studies have been received well in the pilot run in 50 schools in the ongoing session. The objective of this subject is “create awareness about law, administration of justice, need for equality of opportunity and have an understanding of the history of gender and division of labour”, said Joshi.
All of these electives will be offered with a combination of a language and three other electives.
Chinese Language is also running on a test run in 25 schools at present for the middle school students.