Arts Education Is Made Compulsory By CBSE For Classes 1 to 12

Editorials News | Apr-16-2019

Arts Education Is Made Compulsory By CBSE For Classes 1 to 12

CBSE has made arts education compulsory for all classes 1 through 12. The council has asked affiliated schools to devote a minimum of 2 periods per week to arts education, namely music, dance, visual arts, theater.

New Delhi: In an effort to improve learning outcomes, the Central Board of Secondary Education, CBSE has made Art Education compulsory for Classes I to XII at affiliated schools. In a circular sent by the board, CBSE has asked all schools to ensure that a minimum of 2 periods per week is dedicated to "Art Education". Schools have been asked to incorporate the four main forms of arts education, names of music, dance, visual arts and theater to promote integrated art learning. So, what is integrated art learning and what exactly does CBSE ask schools to do? In the note published by the board, integrated art learning is referred to as 'an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning or teaching a subject with the help of Art (Visual / performance, etc.).' In simpler terms, to use different media such as music, dance, theater, etc. to understand the concepts of different subjects.

For example, schools could organize a work that, in a humorous way, presents the reactive and non-reactive series of the periodic table. Musical notes, for example, could be explained with the help of fractions and vice versa. However, CBSE notes that it would not be possible without a basic understanding of the underlying art form. Indeed, schools have been instructed to use art as a means to "impart a joyful education in all grades, which is from 1 to 12". Schools are free to choose the form and the methodology. Schools can also introduce culinary arts for classes 6 to 8 to help students understand the nutritional value of foods, learn about crops and spices, etc. However, this should be done after taking into account the additional security measures required.

Schools would have to establish a means of evaluation, both theoretical and practical. The important things to remember, as CBSE points out, are: one, that all aspects of safety should be taken care of well and two, that it should be a fun learning activity. The board will soon share a list of detailed activities with the schools.

By: Preeti Narula