Pune: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) had signed an MoU with the Ramakrishna Mission for incorporating a value education programme in the curriculum of affiliated schools.
The Ramakrishna Mission has prepared an ‘Awakened Citizen Programme’ for teachers and students and CBSE has recently released a circular to take this programme to the affiliated schools. While the notice has been put out by the board recently, the principals at the city CBSE schools said that they already had a value education programme in place, however, if the board is introducing something new, the schools would be happy to incorporate it in their syllabus.
According to the circular, the programme is a teacher training module for giving value education to the students. It states, “This programme is a three-year graded value education programme for students of Std 6, 7 and 8 (or 7, 8 and 9). The Awakened Citizen Programme acknowledges the potential of young learners and empowers them to harness their infinite strength and goodness and provides them with a path to develop into enlightening citizens. It offers a wide variety and enables them to explore and develop universal values. This comprehensive values education programme reiterates traditional values and simultaneously emphasises on universal values.”
Speaking about the circular, CV Madhavi, Principal, DAV Public School, said, “We already have a value education programme for our students, running for so many years, much before the circular came out. But now, if the board wants us to add something new to that, we don’t mind it. We will look into the new curriculum for sure.”
However, the circular also mentions that adopting this programme is optional. The Ramakrishna Mission will facilitate by providing tools, programme material and teachers’ training so that the teachers may transact the same. The schools that opt for this programme are required to allot 16 periods per year and are to be committed for a minimum period of three years. As the programme involves initial two-day training of teachers conducted in the school, the schools desirous of enrolling into the programmes are requested to register with the Ramakrishna Mission.