All schools affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education are introducing arts education as a compulsory subject for all classes. As per the circular released, the board has asked all CBSE schools to include arts from the current academic session.
“Art education will be taught as a mandatory subject for Classes I to XII and facilities for the same may be provided in every school. Every school shall compulsorily reserve a minimum of two periods per week, per class, for Art education. All the four main streams covered by the term arts, such as music, dance, visual arts and theatre, should be included,” states the official circular.
With the aim to uphold experiential learning and to inculcate an appreciation of the diversity of Indian art forms, the board has asked CBSE schools to include arts in the curriculum.
In a media release, CBSE has also recommended that students in the upper primary sections (Classes VI-VIII) should be introduced to culinary art in order to help children learn the value of nutritious food, make them familiar with crops and spices grown in India, how oil is extracted from various seeds, good agricultural practices and use of pesticides.