CBSE to streamline its value education programme through a handbook and a kit
The value education strategy of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) came to the fore when D. Purandeswari, Minister of State for Human Resource, gave a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha stating that the CBSE has been continuously stressing inculcation of values among students.
"THE BOARD brought out a handbook for teachers on Value Education in the year 1997 and again in 2003. The School based Assessment Scheme launched by CBSE has a component on co-scholastic areas of Life-Skills, Attitude and Values and other co-curricular activities. The National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) also brought out a Framework on ‘Education for Values in Schools’ which emphasizes on the moral education for children. The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) stipulates that schools affiliated to it are required to assess students in ‘Education in Moral and Spiritual Values’ up to Class X," stated Purandeswari in his written reply.
The CBSE has launched its handbook on value education which lists 47 movies that to highlight social and moral values. The board is of the view that some selected mainstream commercial movies can be effective instructional materials to impart value education to school going students.
According to the CBSE, cinema does provide avenues both intentionally and unintentionally to challenge rigid beliefs and exploring solutions for intractable conflict by initiating public discussion.
The CBSE claims that by following the handbook and the kit, values would be inculcated among all students in age appropriate ways. Some ways to deal with to integrate values into the curriculum along with specific guidelines have been given to assess students. It has been suggested that the assessment should be done through questions integrated with the content of the subject and assessed on the basis of the values it reflects.
The CBSE's Value Education Kit comprises a handbook, value cards, and CD of songs stressing human values like peace, non-violence, solidarity and respect for nature.