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Students passing the secondary school certificate (SSC, Std X) exam will get two certificates from the 2012-13 academic year one for passing the SSC and the second for acquiring vocational training.
The state government plans to introduce vocational training as a compulsory subject for Stds IX and X in the coming academic year. State school education minister Rajendra Darda said that “many students drop out after completing the SSC. The course will equip such students with the required skills to opt for work”. Darda said, “The vocational subject to be introduced for Stds IX and X in SSC schools will be as per the Prime Ministers National Skill Development Mission, which aims at creating a strong skilled work force by 2022.We are in the process of making a draft of various sectors that could be introduced in the subject. He further said, “The step has been taken to meet the increasing market demand for students with not only academic knowledge, but also vocational training. It will also help reduce the drop-out rate among needy students”. The focus will be on sectors like automobile, infrastructure, real estate, physical education, textile and health care. The demand for skilled workers is very high in the state. With Maharashtra being an industrial hub, it is necessary to produce the largest number of skilled workers here, Darda added. Rajani Kale, principal of a civic school in Koregaon Park, said, Most of the students in our school come from very low income groups. Many of them drop out of school even before completing SSC, because their parents take them to work at construction sites or wherever they are employed. If such students are taught skills at school, it will be advantageous for them. It will motivate them to continue with education, especially since they will also get a certificate for vocational training. It will definitely benefit such students.
Courtesy: Times of India
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