CBSE has asked for feedback from teachers and students of its CBSE schools in the inventive elective courses that were launched in secondary & senior secondary level last year to assist students deal with the advanced needs of the world. Central Board of Secondary Education had introduced new courses like creative writing & translation studies, bio-technology, entrepreneurship, graphic design, fashion studies, heritage-craft, knowledge-tradition, practices of India, human rights & gender studies, legal studies, NCC, theatre studies and mass media studies. Many schools had asked for permission to commence new courses in Kerala, however only some has the courage to go to the fore with the courses as they have not been able to pull students.
"We had submitted an application for 3 elective courses. The three courses are human rights and gender studies, entrepreneurship and legal studies. We have got sanction from CBSE for them from this year. Though, in January, when we carried out a survey to ensure how many students will be keen to join the course, we comprehended that there were only 2 or 3 aspirants in each of these courses. At least fifteen students were needed to initiate a new course," stated the principal of Toc H Public School Vytilla.
Central Board of Secondary Education, in a feedback form, wanted to know if the learning outcomes as well as assessment criteria of courses are understandable and whether enthusiasm for further learning has been enthused in students. Besides content quality, it also seeks to know if text book is attuned with the aims & learning ideas laid down in the curriculum & if it is pertinent. The set of courses, aimed at endorsing critical thinking among students, encompasses real - life examples as well as case studies.