Students in the city's seven Jesuit schools can now earn extra credits through a newly-launched Jesuit Certificate Programme (JCP) for Classes 7 to 10. The programme, offered through the Jesuit Educational Council, aims to supplement the regular curriculum and is based on credits earned over a four-year period.
“The idea is to foster all-round development of students through project work, surveys and work outside of the every day curriculum," said a Jesuit school vice-principal.
Students will receive the certificate after earning 56 credits over the course of seven terms. These will be spread across four parameters or what has been described as the 'SIPS' framework: Spiritual, Intellectual, Personal and Social (see box).
The programme has been launched in the city's seven Jesuit schools — Campion, St Mary's (SSC and ICSE), St Stanislaus, St Xavier's Boys' Academy, St Xavier's High School and Father Agnel.
"It's like a value-add to the qualification from the board, along the same lines as the honours programme that St Xavier's College offers in addition to the degree from Mumbai university," said Father Jude Fernandes, principal of St Stanislaus School at Bandra and one of the principals behind the programme.
Students who opt for the certificate programme will work on it during regular school hours.
"The vision is for all Jesuit schools in the West Zone (and eventually nationally) to offer the JCP and to create a programme whose quality and caliber is recognised not just across the country but globally at Jesuit institutions," said the brochure for the JCP.