No Value of CBSE Vocational Courses during College Admissions
Dimple Singh Arora had been running from pillar to post for the last one-and-a-half months to help his daughter secure admission in BCom (programme) in a regular Delhi University college. Arora wrote to the CBSE director, to the Education Minister and even the Prime Minister’s Office but his
efforts came to naught and his daughter had no choice but to enroll in (Bcom programme) in Non Collegiate for Women’s Education Board.
Arora’s daughter Gurpreet had scored 81 per cent in her class XII Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) examination but had pursued the Financial Market Management (FMM) stream introduced a few years ago by the board.
“When we went to get admission we were told that some of the subjects Gurpreet had opted for in class 12 were not considered academic by the university and hence cannot be taken into account while giving admission. Without those subjects her percentage dropped to 70 and the BCom cut-offs are so high that she could not make it. Why does the CBSE offer these subjects if they do not have any value?” asked Arora.
Gurpreet is one of the many students who have faced the problem in securing admission every year.
“Some of the subjects offered by CBSE are not counted as academic subjects since they are not relevant to the courses offered by the university. In February, we held a workshop of the school principals to tell them which subjects are considered vocational by the university so that they can communicate the same to children,” said Gurpreet Singh Tuteja, deputy dean, Students Welfare, Delhi University.
For the last few years, the CBSE has been introducing vocational courses every year. On July 19 and 20, the Board started two more vocational courses — geospatial practices and hospitality — for class 10+2 students.
But parents and teachers have questioned the relevance of these courses which most of the time do not help the students.
“What is the use of a course which does not help students secure admission in a college?” said Veena Wahi, vice-principal of St Marks Senior Secondary School, Paschim Vihar. The school, which had started the FMM stream in 2008, has discontinued the stream from this year.
Though the board introduces the courses with an objective to give students more options to channelise their interests, teachers and parents feel that until there is link up with organisations or universities to make the courses relevant, the options will not help.
The board offers over 30 vocational courses.