College children can quickly take up internships, achieve vocational data with potters, electricians
Students attend a class after schools reopened in the Nagaon district of Assam on November 2, 2020 ANI
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New Delhi: According to ThePrint, students in India can do internships and gain professional knowledge by interacting with professionals in a variety of fields such as pottery and electrical work.
The central government last Tuesday ordered all states and union territories to begin vocational training for children in grades 6 to 12 in line with the new national education policy.
The NEP 2020 is about including vocational training in formal school education. “Concerted national efforts are being made to ensure universal access and enable all children in the country to receive high quality holistic education – including vocational training – from preschool through 12th grade,” it said NEP 2020 document.
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The letter from the center accessed by ThePrint urges states and UTs to give students between grades 6 and 8 a 10-day “bagless” period in which to do internships and learn professional skills from professionals. The internship opportunities will also be extended to students in grades 9 to 12, including during the holiday periods.
During the time without a bag, the students will complete vocational training with carpenters, gardeners, potters, artists and many others.
“According to Section 3.15 of the School Bag Directive and Section 4.26 of the NEP, 2020, every student in grades 6 to 8 will take an entertaining course that offers a survey and practical experience with a sample of important occupations such as carpentry, electrical work, pottery, gardening , Metalwork, etc., as decided by states and municipalities and captured by local skill needs, ”reads the November 24th letter from the Ministry of Education.
“Similar internship opportunities for learning professional subjects can be offered to students in grades 6 to 12, including the holiday periods,” it says.
Given the current situation with students studying online from home, the letter added that the professional courses could be made available online.
“Bagless days are sponsored throughout the year for various types of enrichment activities that include arts, quizzes, sports and professional crafts,” it said.
“You are asked to adopt the relevant proposals of the School Bag Directive and the NEP 2020 and to ensure that they are implemented in your jurisdiction. The relevant compliance report can be made available to the department, ”says the letter.
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