The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to discontinue seven elective subjects such as philosophy and theatre studies, along with 34 vocational subjects for students of classes 11 and 12 from 2017-18 because of fewer takers every year.
The assessment scheme for the Class 10 board examination for schools offering vocational subjects as compulsory ones has also been remodelled.
Schools have been advised not to offer these subjects at the senior secondary level from the next academic session. However, students pursuing these subjects currently in Class 11 shall continue with them in Class 12 in 2017-18, states a circular issued by Manoj K Srivastava, joint secretary and in charge, academic training research and innovation, CBSE.
Academic electives, which have been scrapped at the senior secondary level, include creative writing and translation studies, human rights and gender studies, graphic design, library and information science and others.
Some of the vocational subjects include poultry nutrition and physiology, dairy product technology, health centre management, air conditioning and refrigeration, and child health nursing, among others.
These subjects were started by the board a couple of years ago to offer more career options to students.
“Students don’t want to opt for these subjects as the vocational ones are considered low profile and the electives are not job-oriented,” said Avnita Bir, principal, RN Podar School, Santacruz.
Vocational subjects offered at Class 10 have also been remodelled, schools will no longer offer vocational subjects as a sixth compulsory subject under the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). Instead, it will become an additional subject, the marks for which will be considered only if the student fails in science, mathematics and social science.