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Good news! CBSE schools to include Arts among compulsory subjects for all classes

12 April 2019    |    8 Views

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to make art education mandatory for all classes from the upcoming academic session.

The board has advised all its affiliated schools to introduce few cooking classes as part of "culinary art" for classes 6 to 8.

As per reports, all the schools have been asked to reserve a minimum of two periods per week for art education.

"All the four main streams covered by the term arts, such as music, dance, visual arts and theatre, should be included. Emphasis should be given to learning rather than teaching, and the approach should be participatory, interactive, and experiential rather than instructive," the official notice said.

Introduction of culinary art:

Moreover, the board has recommended that in addition to the four major spheres such as music, dance, visual arts and theatre, the school students of classes 6 to 8 should also be introduced to culinary art.

The decision to introduce the Arts subject was taken after the board held discussions with several stakeholders, including schools, principals, teachers, and NCERT and art professionals.

Accordingly it emerged that integration of art with education will lead to betterment of learning in the classrooms, the board official said.

Here's what CBSE official said:

"The exposer will help students learn the value of nutritious food, about the crops and spices grown in India, how oil is extracted from various seeds and good agricultural practices," the official said

"An attempt has been made to enlist traditional foods of various states with the idea that learners must be exposed to this aspect of our culture. As far as possible, schools may introduce a few cooking classes where girls and boys participate as equals, as a part of art education in any one of the grades 6, 7 or 8," the CBSE official added.

Necessity of art integration in education:

Firstly, when Art is integrated with education, it helps the child apply art-based enquiry, investigation, exploration, critical thinking and creativity for a deeper understanding of the concepts/topics. All disciplines being pursued by students at all stages require creative thinking and problem-solving abilities.

"For example, the routine method involving studying metallurgy in Chemistry, or mitosis and meiosis in Biology when integrated or taught through art would provoke the student to ask questions such as -If I were a metal, how would I artistically depict my journey of combination with other metals or how can I use a Nukkad Natak to depict mitosis/meiosis?," the official release said.

Secondly, Art Integrated learning also enhances experiential learning, as it enables the student to derive meaning and understanding, directly from the learning experience.

Thirdly, this kind of integration not only makes the teaching and learning process joyful, it also has a positive impact on the development of certain life skills, such as, communication skills, reflection and enquiry, nurturing higher confidence levels and self-esteem, appreciation for aesthetics and creativity.

Fourthly, this integration broadens the mind of the student and enables her to see the multi-disciplinary links between subjects/topics/real lives.

Instructions given to schools:

  • Meanwhile, the schools are free to devise their own processes with two pre-conditions that all safety aspects shall be well taken care of and it should be a fun learning activity.
  • The forms to be taught, methodology, processes, etc. can be different at different levels, as maybe decided by different schools. However, the interventions should be planned well by the schools
  • Non-examination-based and process-oriented evaluation shall be done
  • Theory practical, project work will be basic components of all art forms to be taught
  • Further, Detailed activities have been suggested in the document which will be made available soon.

(With inputs from PTI)

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