Students must have pass in vocational subject at secondary level to be able to take it up in Class XI
Students taking admission to Class XI in West Bengal can now choose from four new vocational courses in apparel, beauty and wellness, agriculture and power (POWV).
The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBSCHSE) already offers vocational courses in 9 subjects — security, IT & ITeS, automobile, organised retailing, health care, construction, plumbing, tourism and hospitality and electronics.
Students must pass in their vocational subjects at the secondary level to be able to take them up as optional elective subjects in Class XI.
“If a student does not pass these vocational subjects at the secondary level, he or she cannot take it up in Class XI,” said Sugata Basu, secretary of the West Bengal Government School Teachers’ Association.
The HS council has also announced that those who studying vocational subjects will not be able to take health and physical education, music, visual arts and economics as compulsory elective subjects.
Teachers say all students should have the option of taking up vocational subjects.
“Most high schools in West Bengal do not offer vocational subjects. Students who did not get an opportunity to study vocational subjects at the secondary level cannot take them up in Class XI even if they are admitted to a school that offers vocational. We urge the council to allow non-vocational course students to take up these subjects at the HS level. It will be more scoring and help average students get livelihood,” Basu said.
Vocational subjects are more scoring when compared to other compulsory elective subjects. For instance, a vocational subject has 60 marks in practical and only 30 marks in written test. As a result, those opting for vocational subjects are more likely to get higher marks.
The HS council has also released the eligibility criteria for science subjects in Class XI. Students who want to take mathematics, statistics or computer science in Class XI will have to score 45 per cent in mathematics in Madhyamik. Those taking biological science need to score at least 45 per cent in life science in Madhyamik. Those taking physics and or chemistry must have scored not less than 45% in physical science in Madhyamik. For studying geography in HS, one has to secure 45% per in Madhyamik.
Schools will admit their own students between August 2 and August 14 and students from other schools between August 16 and August 31.
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