CBSE has ordered the introduction of the Arts subject for all classes of the next academic session and advised schools to introduce few cooking classes as part of the "culinary art" for classes 6 to 8.
According to a senior official, each school must compulsorily reserve a minimum of two periods per week for arts education.
The board has recommended that in addition to the four main spheres, such as music, dance, visual arts and theater, students in classes 6 through 8 should also be introduced to the culinary arts.
"The speaker will help students learn the value of nutritious food, about the crops and spices grown in India, how oil is extracted from various seeds and good agricultural practices," the official added.
Attempts have been made to recruit traditional foods from various states with the idea that students should be exposed to this aspect of our culture, he said.
"To the extent possible, schools can introduce some cooking classes where girls and boys participate as equals, as part of arts education in any of grades 6, 7 or 8," the official said.
Schools are free to design their own processes with two preconditions so that all aspects of safety take good care of themselves and be a fun learning activity, he said.
The decision was made after the board held discussions with various stakeholders, including schools, principals, teachers, NCERT and art professionals.
As a result, it emerged that the integration of art with education will lead to better learning in the classroom, he said.
Arts in education is an expanding field of educational research and practice based on research on learning through artistic experiences. In this context, the arts may include education in performing arts (dance, drama, music), literature and poetry, narration, education in visual arts in film, crafts, design, digital arts, media and photography.
By: Preeti Narula