VOCATIONAL EDUCATION UNDER THE NATIONAL SKILL QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK
THE GOA SCENARIO
NSQF was introduced in Goa during the academic year 2014-15. Four sectors namely Automobile, IT/ITeS, Healthcare and Retail were introduced in 38 Government schools and 2086 students were enrolled in Level 1 (Std IX). 44 Instructors were appointed and 20 days training in topics such as communication skills, Work etiquettes, conduct of practicals, and effective teaching of the subject was provided to them. Three coordinators having vast experience of teaching in the Vocational stream were appointed for putting the programme on track. Equipment was supplied and installed in the labs created exclusively for NSQF. Prominent resource persons from the Industry paid visits to schools and guided the students in the practical aspects of the subject. Students visited Hospitals, Malls, Automobile showrooms and service centres as well as IT organisations to get a first-hand experience of the work environment. Awareness workshops were conducted for over 2000 teachers to highlight the benefits of Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary education to teachers of schools.
In the year 2016-17 NSQF is introduced in 9 Government Higher Secondary Schools and students have also been admitted in around 25 Aided Higher Secondary Schools for Level 3. The students admitted in the Aided Higher Secondary Schools come to the parent school for the Theory and Practicals of Level 3 of NSQF courses. For the academic year 2017-18 a total of around 6000 students are enrolled in the fifteen sectors at Level 1,2,3 and 4. For the academic year 2018-19, MHRD has given approval for a total of 20 Higher Secondary Schools including 11 aided Higher Secondary Schools besides the Government schools already approved.
At the Goa Board SSC examination of 2015-16, 1161 NSQF students appeared of which 1053 students passed. 153 students passed because of the benefit of passing in six out of seven subjects given to students opting for NSQF. At the Goa Board SSC examination of 2016-17, 1782 NSQF students appeared of which 1775 students passed. 202 students passed because of the benefit of passing in six out of seven subjects given to students opting for NSQF. At the Goa board SSC examination of 2017-18, 1960 students appeared and 1749 students passed of which 297 passed because of the benefit given to NSQF students. For Std XII 484 students appeared of which 387 students passed. For the year 2018-19, 6440 students are enrolled for NSQF. For the academic year 2018-19 MHRD has given approval for 20 Higher Secondary Schools of which 11 schools are Govt. Aided Higher Secondary Schools. Practical examinations are being conducted for std XII by the Sector Skill council. For the academic year 2019-20 MHRD has given approval for 94 High schools including 15 Aided High schools. 43 Higher secondary schools have been given approval including 34 Aided Higher secondary Schools.
- In the state of Goa NSQF has been implemented in Government as well as Government Aided High Schools and Higher Secondary schools. For the academic year 2019-20 the NSQF is operational in 77 Government Secondary Schools and 9 Government Higher Secondary Schools besides 12 Aided High Schools and 23 Aided Higher Secondary Schools.
- During the academic year 2015-16, the practical assessment of the students was done in the Industry. Automobile workshops, Retail Supermarkets, Health centres and IT labs were used to conduct practical assessments
- A meeting of representatives of the Industry was arranged with representatives of eleven sectors skill council was organized in Goa by Goa RMSA, which was chaired by the Secrertary education and was attended by the Directors of Agriculture, Sports and Youth affairs, Technical Education and Higher Education. Representatives of Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry(GCCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Institute of Nursing Education (INE), Business Network International (BNI). This event helped us in improving our relations with our Industry representatives who have been always supporting us in the effective implementation of vocational Education under NSQF.