CBSE will introduce coding and data science into the curriculum
On Friday, the Central Council for Secondary Education (CBSE) worked with Microsoft to introduce coding for classes VI-VII and the data science curriculum for classes VIII-XII as new skill subjects during the 2021-2022 academic session in order to promote and develop students’ skills. .
“As part of the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, we have promised to introduce coding and data science in schools. Today, I am happy to see CBSE keep its promise from the year 2021 session itself. In association with Microsoft, CBSE is empowering future generations in India with new age skills, ”said Ramesh Pokhriyal, Minister of Education.
The Coding and Data Science program focuses on building critical thinking, computer skills, problem-solving skills, creativity, and hands-on exposure to new technologies. In accordance with NEP 2020, the introduction of these courses is aimed at developing the skills of the next generation in students.
“As we move to a world that increasingly relies on technology, it is essential that we impart skills that prepare students and educators across the country to succeed in this digital world. The new coding and data science course curriculum we have developed in partnership with Microsoft will equip students with future-ready learning skills. This is an important step in empowering our students to be self-reliant and equipping them with skills such as problem solving, logical thinking, collaboration, and design thinking that are critical to success ” , Manoj Ahuja, President of CBSE.
Currently, the council offers nine college-level skills modules, 18 secondary level skills subjects and 38 upper secondary level skills subjects to improve the skills and competencies of the younger generation and explore the different options available. According to the CBSE, more than 20 lakh students are currently studying skills subjects at secondary and upper secondary level in around 12,000 schools.
“Skills like coding and data science are the currency of the future. Including these skills in school curricula will play an important role in preparing the future Indian workforce for the new world of work. We are deeply committed to empowering today’s students to create the world of tomorrow and our partnership with CBSE is an important step in that direction ”, Navtez Bal, Executive Director, Public Sector, Microsoft India.
Microsoft has developed additional coding and data science textbooks aligned with NCERT models and structures. and cover real-life examples aimed at strengthening exposure to ethical dimensions exposure to Microsoft Make Code an open source platform that will enable students to learn better in a fun way in all disciplines, including math, languages and social sciences as it builds the foundation for AI-powered data science applications.
“To give an impetus to skills education in schools, it has been decided by the CBSE to abolish the application fee for the introduction of new skills subjects at upper secondary level. Thus, schools wishing to introduce new skills subjects in class XI can do so without paying any fees to the CBSE from the date of publication of this circular, ”said the official statement from the CBSE.