In an effort to incorporate holistic education for students in the school curriculum, for the first time, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) is introducing co-scholastic activities in the upper primary level (Std I to V). Co-scholastic activities cover integrating life skills, values, health, sanitation, etc.
In the daily curriculum of students. According to the circular dated February 2, schools have been asked to integrate these activities in the curriculum soon. “Till now, co-scholastic activities were only for secondary and higher secondary classes, and have proved to be interesting and helpful for both students and teachers.
These activities work around value education and the approach is holistic,” said Avnita Bir, principal of R N Podar high School, Santacruz. Bir said that including these activities for lower classes means that the Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation (CCE) will also be applicable to them.
According to the circular, co-scholastic education is an integral part of the school curricular programme, complementing formal education by contributing to the holistic development of students. “The Board has brought out new books to facilitate teachers for effectively integrating life skills in the teaching-learning process.
The activities and worksheets work around students’ queries and concerns, and therefore, will enable them to develop life skills by applying interdisciplinary and disciplinary skills in a range of real-life contexts,” states the circular, adding that regular activities in class is also a must.
Principals of CBSE schools have regularly complained about the board’s circulars being released at the last minute. However, this time they are happy with the timing. “We are currently in the process of planning our module for the next academic year, so incorporating this will be much easier at this stage,” said Seema Maindiratta, principal of DAV School, Kharghar.
At present, even though CCE is only implemented for Std IX and X, many schools have started incorporating activities in lower classes as well. “The board has taken a good decision to include evaluation for lower classes; both students and teachers will benefit from it,” added Maindiratta.
CBSE has also made the English and Hindi versions of notes, worksheets and other publications available for the benefit of schools and directed them to ensure that the school library is equipped with the same for the benefit of students.