We Need to Put in the Curriculum, the Skills We Expect!!

We Need to Put in the Curriculum, the Skills We Expect!!

We Need to Put in the Curriculum, the Skills We Expect!!

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Rasika Soman -   Research Associate (IIM-A)    

With the International Development Bodies such as United Nations Development Program (UNDP), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Bank declaring Vocational Education as an instrument to bring in change in the country, everyone all around is striving to impart vocational education. The Government of India is also making its own efforts in this field and is aiming for the inclusion of this vocational education. However, even though we have been seeing and hearing much activities about skill development and vocational education in our country, the question remains if vocational education is really imparted in a quality manner and is serving the needs of the economy and society. When we talk about inclusion of skill development, questions are also raised whether vocational education is inclusive in all schools and colleges all over the country; within government and municipality schools, those including the rural areas. Moreover, we expect that skill development should happen in a child at a much early age so that they become employable and can contribute to the society. This should make us think if the education we are imparting them is serving this aim.

The curriculum in our country unfortunately is full of theoretical and conceptual models which serve little for building the practical skills in the students from the young age. My experience in working with the vocational education programs state that there is a huge gap between what the industry expects us to teach the students and what we actually do. For Instance in several vocational education programs which train the students for a call center job , the English skills are not imparted properly. The students are only taught English grammar skills instead of building their confidence and teaching them how to communicate in English with their customers. Such mismatch in the curriculum of what the employers expect of the students and what they actually learn, ultimately leads to stress and frustration of these candidates which ultimately leads to unemployment. The candidate leaves the job and overall loses his confidence. Therefore, instead of investigating if the candidate is capable to gain the skills imparted in the program we should also look at whether the program itself is capable of making the candidate employable.

Curriculum therefore plays a very important part in the success of the whole vocational education and skill building aim of our government. Effective curriculum is also responsible for inclusion of these vocational education programs. For Instance if these vocational educational programs are imparted in several languages they can reach to the interior parts of our country and can educate the people and make them employable. Therefore efforts should also be made to tailor the curriculum in different languages so that it can reach the masses and helps them in their development. We hope that educational institutions and other bodies who have the dream of imparting vocational education, would take into consideration the importance of tailoring a proper curriculum to meet the needs both of the students and the economy.


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8 Comments

  1. Brandon Steven
    May 3, 2018 at 14:59
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    Yes, the curriculum is fully based on theoretical knowledge. It’s lack of practical knowledge that’s the main reason of unemployability. Skilled training must be introduced in a proper way. Well, I discuss this matter with https://qanda.typicalstudent.org team members for their views, thoughts, and ideas. Hope for the best.

    • Rasika
      May 3, 2018 at 19:44
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      Hello All,

      Thank you for all your comments and compliments

      Really glad that you liked my blog so much

      @Brandon – Yes definitely we really need to update our curriculum to the current and most updated skills. We have a theoretical curriculum and we expect that our children should be practically updated with the latest skills. Yes, it would be really great if you share this thought with others and the site that you have mentioned. I would love to contribute to that site as well!.

      @Dhanappa M Metri – Thank you so much for your compliments. I hope someday all educators would realise the importance of giving attention to this problem.

      @Prof Kulkarni – Very well said.

    • Rasika
      May 3, 2018 at 19:59
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      Thank you all for your comments and compliments.

      I hope that our educators realise the importance of curriculum in skill building!

  2. Asha Vankiani
    April 3, 2018 at 19:59
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    Thank you sir , for sharing your opinions.we apreciateyour ideas and approach towards re-denfing our education methodologies to the best of internatio al standards

  3. Dhanappa M Metri
    March 30, 2018 at 10:51
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    Naturally, the curriculum at the hands of people with poor visions and vested interest is definitely harming education system. The curriculum cannot be prepared unless life is fully organized and the curriculum can not be implemented effectively. Well-thought out article!

    • April 2, 2018 at 16:51
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      Thank you Sir for sharing your inputs. We second your point that curriculum plays an imperative role in quality education.

  4. Prof J.A.Kulkarni
    March 27, 2018 at 14:57
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    I agree that the overall education system in India is more focused towards Theory and concepts rather than real utility of education for preparing Employable Individuals.I feel one should study Education systems (from KG to Special Skill Graduation) in Countries such as Germany wherein the major focus of Schooling and subsequent skill development are need based in terms of Skills required and the ward is identified and coached right from School level to University level and Institutes of Skill building ( Volk hock Schule) and in particular the intervention of parents in a Child education is discouraged and it is the teacher and the school who are responsible for the holistic growth of the Individual guaranteeing him/her a definite employable Education.There is no tution fee in most of the Schools and colleges and the appropriate growth of the student is mostly the responsibility of the Institutes and the Government.In India the picture is quite distorted with undesirable interventions of parents in the education process and the enormous costs of primary School to higher education with little or no focus on the essential aspects of guaranteeing Employability.

    • March 28, 2018 at 11:44
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      Thank you Sir, for sharing your valuable opinion and insights into the subject matter. We appreciate your ideas and the approach towards re-defining our education methodologies to the best of International standards.

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