In a major decision, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has incorporated coding and data science into its syllabus from the year 2021 onwards. The Centre had earlier proposed the introduction of coding and data science into the syllabus of students in its National Education Policy (NEP) 2020. In a tweet on Friday, Union Education Minister, Ramesh Pokhriyal welcomed the decision of the CBSE.
In a letter to the heads of all institutions affiliated to CBSE, the board informed the various implementations in the 2021 syllabuses of CBSE students. According to the letter, CBSE will introduce ‘coding’ as a skill module of 12 hours for classes VI to VIII. Apart from this CBSE is also introducing ‘data-science’ as a skill module of 12 hours for class VIII students and as a skill subject in classes IX to XII.
Moreover, CBSE has also waived the fee for such skill subjects being introduced at senior Secondary level. In the letter, CBSE informed that schools desirous of introducing skill subjects in class XI can do so without submitting any fee to CBSE. The mark distribution for these skill subjects introduced at senior secondary level will be uniformly distributed, i.e. 60 marks for theory and 40 marks for practical will be allocated.
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