Following instructions from the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE), schools are taking class 11 and 12 students on a visit to local industry units and facilitating interaction with community leaders.
“We send students in groups fortnightly to local experts such as chemists, pharmacists, bankers etc. who personally share their experience with students about their professional life,” said Seetha Murthy, principal of Silver Oaks School.
A few schools are also arranging weekly or bi-weekly internship programmes so that students can have a better understanding of concepts. The CBSE circular, in fact, urges principals to offer vocational courses and impart practical skills training.
Nearly two workshops were held in the city last week for principals and head of schools, where they were informed of new teaching methods, use of technology in education, reforms in CBSE courses etc. Member of CBSE committee on curriculum, Chitra Ravi, who is also the founder of EZ Vidya, held a workshop where she spoke to over 50 principals on the need to transform traditional classrooms into ‘Thinkrooms’.
“During the workshop, we were told about the recent reforms in CBSE and how to cope up with them. Sessions on practical orientation among children, technology-enabled lessons, visual presentation of concepts etc. were held,” said Rayapa Reddy, principal of Lotus National School in Attapur.
In another workshop held by Next Education, a private edu-tech solutions provider, over 40 principals from various city schools joined in with a purpose to analyse their goals and work towards the betterment of students. “Being school heads, we are often stressed about children’s performance and their issues. Such workshops de-stress us and give us the right direction to execute our goals,” said Pratima Sinha, principal of Meridian School, Banjara Hills.
We send students in groups fortnightly to local experts such as chemists, pharmacists, bankers etc. who personally share their experience with students about their professional life – Seetha Murthy, principal, Silver Oaks School