In an attempt to arm students in govt-run junior high schools with knowledge and skills, the UP government has started the process to include vocational education as an introductory course, covering various trades, from Class 6 to 8 under NEP-2020, as said by officials. Students from Class 9 and above already have access to it in schools affiliated with UP Board in the state, they said.
Director General (School Education) Vijay Kiran Anand has entrusted the responsibility of presenting a detailed proposal along with financial provisions in this regard to the State Council of Educational Research and Training, an official of the education department privy to the development confirmed.
“Discussions have started, and the plan is to soon have a concrete proposal in place in this regard,” said Ajai Singh, joint director (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) at SCERT, UP. Anand in a meeting held on April 2021, had approved the plan to introduce vocational education at pre-secondary level in the state by way of introductory courses covering a range of trades as envisaged in the new NEP-2020.
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