In line with the national thrust on skilling, the Delhi government has begun offering NSQF-aligned vocational courses in 205 schools under the Directorate of Education. Student response to the vocational roll-out has been positive, with an overall enrolment of 50,000. However, when the scheme was evaluated in early 2016, implementation was found to be unsatisfactory on many counts. Some major levers for improvement were content, assessments, industry alignment, and training.
Central Square Foundation (CSF) and Delhi government propose to improve the quality of vocational courses through a number of initiatives. These could include strengthening content / pedagogy, integrating elements of employability skills into the programme, conducting teacher training, and streamlining industry exposure.
CSF has recruited and funded a Project Manager to first assess the gaps, and then develop an implementation roadmap for the targeted quality improvement initiatives and lead the implementation. These initiatives include:
- Streamlining the legacy vocational scheme with the NSQF
- Strengthening trade specific content by developing course packs including student and teacher handbooks for each course
- Integrating general employability skills within each course, and developing content for the same
- Training teachers on content and pedagogy
Potential for Systemic Impact
The quality improvement engagement has the potential to impact 100,000 students in Delhi. A number of initiatives can be replicated in other states implementing the vocational scheme as well.