CBSE has introduced ‘Values Education Kit’ to schools in order to reinforce values in students. The kit serves as a broad guideline for teachers on moral education and released in the presence of new HRD Minister M M Pallam Raju. “Universal ideals of love, peace, tolerance, forgiveness, humility, non-violence and sacrifice are the corner stone of the education,” Raju said launching the kit.
Although value education would be inculcated among all students in age appropriate ways, the board issues specific guidelines to assess students for three to five months in each subject at the summative assessment level in classes 9 and 10. The assessment will be done through questions which will be integrated with the content of the subject and analyzed on the basis of the values it reflects.
The Education Kit comprises a handbook and vaule cards besides CD of songs symbolising values of peace, solidarity and respect for nature. It will serve as a model for providing value education and at the same time allowing for variations that schools using it may want to adopt. The handbook also deals with ways to integrate values into the curriculum. It also highlights some critical concerns like the need for strengthening home school and community partnership, concern for parents’ involvement in school on education of children.