In order to make students skill-ready, the Central Advisory Board of Education's (CABE) sub-committee on skill and technical education has recommended introducing vocational courses from class 3.
The aim is to ensure that school students undergo skill training from an early age. The other initiatives that the committe has suggested are developing laboratories at primary schools to motivate students in this regard, collating a list of skills vis-à-vis the regions they are required in, and integrating them with the education system, training teachers, keeping the needs of the industry in mind. It also suggested ways to ensure that training in the agriculture sector reaches the backward sections of society.
CABE - the highest advisory body on education for the central and state governments held discussions in this regard last month in order to come out with valuable suggestions.
"During deliberations, the sub-committee made a number of suggestions, including the introduction of vocational education from the third standard. Also, it was suggested that state-of-the-art labs be developed even at the primary schools level to motivate them," said a source.
The meeting also emphasised the need to focus on vocational education related to skill sectors relevant to the states.
Further, the National Institute of Open Schooling is going to incorporate vocational education in class 12 with three vocational subjects, besides one language and one foundation subject.
The committee also highlighted the importance of combining the existing skill education and technical education courses in both school and higher-education levels at academic institutes.
It also suggested that parents' opinion must be taken in picking entrepreneurship training courses for students.
"Teachers should play the role of a mentor, and help students pick the learning or entrepreneurship training of their choice in conjunction with their parents at parent-teacher meets," said a senior official.