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Theatre in curriculum

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has introduced few more subjects as electives in the curriculum of Class XI (2014-15).

The new subjects are theatre, legal studies or gender studies. The students opting for these wou- ld take the examination next year.

P.S. Ambastha, vice-principal of May Flower School, said: “A child will opt one of these electives when convinced it will help get to her or his goal. The school management will appoint an intellectual resource only if a considerable number of students are ready to pursue the subjects.”

Ambastha also said the board should provide a good field to get sufficient exposure.

The principal of Baldwin Academy, Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, feels it would take some more time to spread awareness.

Sinha said: “The trend for these subjects has not been set yet. Depending on the response, the school might introduce these subjects next year.”

On availability of teachers for these subjects, a school principal said: “The courses can begin even if a school gets few students who show interest in these subjects. It is not necessary to hire regular teachers. They can be paid on the number of classes they take.

“Also, it is not important to take classes daily. Doing this would not be a difficult job.”

Anushna Jha, a Class XI student of Notre Dame Academy, said: “If these subjects had been introduced earlier, I would surely have opted for gender studies or legal studies. I would have loved to pick any one of these subjects as they interest me.” Anushna is a student of humanities.

A source at the CBSE said: “The new subjects have been launched keeping in mind that students should get more career options.

“Not only would these subjects open up more career options, the students would also get a sense of law, equality etc at a young age.

“Later on, they would judge better which career they should opt for. It has been observed that many students go for such subjects later in life. but if they get the option from the beginning, it would benefit them a lot. The board has launched these subjects keeping this in mind.”