Guidelines for Vocational Education Courses in AP Model Schools, Guidelines for Implementation of Vocational education courses in AP Model Schools/ Vocational Education courses started in 126 AP Model Schools. “Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education” in Schools Scheme in AP.
The vocational education programme in AP Model Schools. About the VSHSE Scheme, VSHSE Scheme Execution in APMS, VSHSE Scheme Academic Guidelines to the Principals, VSHSE Scheme Administrative Guidelines to the Principals, Duties & Responsibilities of Vocational Trainer (VT), Attaching the students with the organizations in the summer holidays.
The vocational education programme in AP Model Schools: Rc.No.907, Dated: 24-01-2017 – Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education – Guidelines. Sub: SE-RMSA-Vocational Education – Guidelines and instructions to Principals of 126 Model Schools for Implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of “Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education” in the Schools under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA) Dt.12.01.2017
All the District Educational Officer & District Project Coordinators, RMSA/APMS in the State and 126 Model School Principals under the Scheme are informed that in continuation to the proceedings in the reference cited above certain guidelines are issued to the Principals for implementation of Centrally Sponsored Scheme of “Vocationalisation of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education” (VSHSE) in the Schools are enclosed herewith.
GUIDELINES TO THE PRINCIPALS OF MODEL SCHOOLS FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAM:
About the Scheme: The Government of India has brought out a revised Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Vocational Education (CSSVE) by integrating vocational education into School Education. The scheme is operated in alignment with the National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF), which establishes a system of clear educational pathways from school to higher education while providing certification of vocational skills. The project has been approved for the State of Andhra Pradesh (AP) by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India (GOI) and accordingly AP will be implementing the program.
The plan is to start the project in the academic year 2016 – 17 at Level 1 from Class 9th in selected government schools of the state of AP. The student opting for vocational education in 2016 at Level 1 in class 9th will attain the Level 4 Certification by 2020. The objective of this project is to empower the students with employable skills along with the academic stream. The Project will be jointly funded by the Central Government and the State Government.
Scheme Execution in Andhra Pradesh: The Commissioner of School Education & Ex-officio Project Director, Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Andhra Pradesh and APSSDC have signed MoU dated 1st September 2016 for the implementation of this Scheme in secondary and higher secondary schools under National Skill Qualification Framework (NSQF). Under this MoU, APSSDC has been entrusted with end to end responsibility of execution of CSSVE program in 126 Model Schools in AP with funding support from RMSA.
Following that, an Expression of Interest (EoI) was released for the selection of Vocational Training Partners (VTPs) for execution of the Scheme across the State on 2nd November, 2016. A Selection Committee under the Chairmanship of the Commissioner, Schools Education, with members from APSSDC, RMSA, Intermediate Education, Board of School Education, etc. has selected 13 VTPs to execute the Scheme in 10 trades in the selected schools.
Further, to formalize the engagement with VTPs, a tripartite agreement has been signed between RMSA, APSSDC and the selected VTP on 9th January 2017. It may be noted that the entire end to end management of the program has been vested in APSSDC, including disbursal of payments to the VTPs for running the program in the schools. However, the responsibility of procurement, infrastructure, tools, textbooks, maintenance of assets, etc. would still vest with RMSA and only the operational part of the program would be vested with APSSDC.
Subsequently, the signing of tripartite MoU, VTPs has to engage one Vocational Trainer (VT) to teach specified Vocational Course in the School allotted to them and one Vocational Coordinator (VC) to each VTP to monitor and support the School and implementing agency for providing information and reports. The VTPs are currently undertaking the process of selection of Vocational Trainers (VTs) to be deployed at respective schools.
Guidelines to the Principals:
Principals of the selected schools shall play a critical role in the successful execution of the Scheme at the respective schools. Keeping this in view, the following guidelines are being circulated to the Principals regarding the execution of the Scheme:
1. Each trade has a dedicated Vocational Trainer, to be deployed by selected VTP, who conducts 12 hrs classes per week. Following is the tentative breakup of weekly schedule:
a. 4 theory classes @ 2hrs per day
b. 2 practical classes @2hrs per day
2. Each trade has a laboratory cum classroom.
3. The examination pattern is semester wise and the decision has been taken to change into the annual pattern from 2016.
4. The maximum marks allocated for the assessment of each trade shall be 100. The following shall be the break-up of marks:
a. 30 marks for theory
b. 50 marks for practical
c. 20 marks for internal assessment
5. Principals, in active collaboration with respective VTPs, will ensure that the entire vocational content designed is delivered in the classroom within the stipulated time. Principals will also ensure that quality parameters are met.
6. Principals will ensure the conduction of internal assessments of students on a weekly/ monthly basis as per the assessment pattern set up for the domain.
7. Principals, in active collaboration with VTPs, shall ensure the organization of 2 guest lecturers per month per trade by the domain-related experts working in the industry.
8. Principals shall ensure that the domain-specific industry/field visits are conducted as per the Scheme guidelines.
Administrative: Guidelines for Vocational Education Courses in AP Model Schools
1. Procure the equipment, raw material for laboratory/workshop through School Management and Development Committee (SMDC), following the procedures laid down in the RMSA Financial Manual.
2. The principal shall allot sector-wise 2 periods a day to the Vocational Trainer, duly making necessary provision in the school time table.
3. Expenses for the annual maintenance for labs including tools and equipment will be incurred by SMDC as per the provisions of the scheme. Assistance will be provided by the VTP for setting up the laboratory in their respective allocated schools.
4. Vocational Trainers’ honorarium should be paid based on the attendance provided by the Principal of the School. A Vocational Trainer can avail only one casual leave per month with the prior approval of the Head of the school concerned.
5. Maternity / Paternity leave provision will be taken by the VTP. In such a case of a trainer proceeding on Maternity / Paternity leave, VTP has to make alternate arrangements.
6. If any Vocational Trainer is absent for continuously more than seven (7) working days without intimation or ten (10) working days with intimation (a copy of the leave application should be sent to the APSSDC by Head of the school concerned), APSSDC will impose a penalty on concerned VTP. If any such violation is reported twice in a year, the trainer is liable for discharge from services.
7. If any Vocational Trainer is found unsuitable and unable to deliver the program objective as per the roles and responsibilities defined under MoU signed with VTP, the concerned VTP will immediately terminate the services of the said VT and provide the substitute within ten calendar days.
8. The principal of the school has to report the joining of the Vocational Trainer to the RMSA and APSSDC and maintain separate attendance register, portfolio of each trainer.
9. Similarly, separate student attendance register for each sector and class shall be maintained by the Principal.
10. In each trade, precaution has to be taken for a minimum enrolment of 25 students.
11. Separate cash book stock register, attendance register for students & teachers, leave register for Vocational Trainer have to be maintained.
12. Principals have to obtain the willingness of the students for joining into specific trade of vocational education in the prescribed format.
13. Principals have to orient the parents and students on the course details and ensure from the parents to retain the students till competition of Level 4 of the Vocational Course.
Duties & Responsibilities of Vocational Trainer (VT): Guidelines for Vocational Education Courses in AP Model Schools
1. Conduct Theory and Practical Classes as per the syllabus.
2. Closely work with Principal of the school on timetable adjustments and other scheme activities i.e. field visits/ guest lectures, internships, lab setup, training, placement, and meetings.
3. Follow the instructions and perform responsibilities entrusted by the Head of the school from time to time.
4. Maintenance of records and send periodical reports/ class activities in consultation with the Head of the school and ensure to update in MIS (Management Information System).
5. Strengthening industry network and inviting industry experts for guest lectures.
6. Ensure the lab is in good working condition.
7. Maintain Daily dairy giving details of the lesson plan and work did which needs to be countersigned by the Head of the school.
8. Ensure all the students create and maintain the Students Portfolio.
9. Submit Weekly progress report on every Saturday to APSSDC.
10. Conduct internal examination as per the norms.
11. Maintain all relevant documentation of the project in the school.
12. Conducting soft skill training including preparing the students for work as per the industry requirement.
13. Apart from the designated vocational education work, Vocational Trainer shall attend the works assigned by the Principal.
14. Vocational Trainer needs to maintain a separate pupil attendance register, staff attendance register, stock register, internal assessment report, a record of field visits, records of guest lecturers and hands-on experience and portfolios of field visits, guest lecturers and industrial visit.
15. Vocational Trainer to have close liaison with the industry and to plan industry/field visits. Once contact is established with the industry, relevant to the subject being taught, the Vocational Coordinator along with Vocational Trainer would plan to visit in consultation with the Head of the school.
16. Vocational Trainer must visit the place of industry/field visit prior to the actual visit of the students.
17. Vocational Trainer shall take the students to the industry/filed visit preferable during the non-peak business hours.
18. The staff at the organization to be visited must spend time with the students.
19. The staff of the organization should brief the students about their organization, business, operations, etc.
20. Each school should organize these visits as per the following plan:-
A. Minimum 3 Industry Visit in One Academic Year
B. 1. C. 1st Industrial Visit D. After Completion of Unit 1,2
E. 2. F. 2nd Industrial Visit G. After Completion of Unit 3, 4
H. 3. I. 3rd Industrial Visit J. After Completion of course content for each level
21. Once a proposal for the industry/field visit is finalized, VTP has to submit the same to the APSSDC through email. The proposal should contain the following details:-
i. Plan(s) identified for such a visit.
ii. Students who opted for the course should be part of the visit.
iii. VTs along with one more school staff must accompany the students. In case there are girls and the VT and the other teacher from the same school both of them happen to be male, a lady teacher from the same school should accompany the girl students in addition to VT.
iv. The visits are to be so planned that the students are back to the school preferably during the school hours, safely.
v. Proper bills/ voucher has to be maintained and submitted along with the invoices to APSSDC about the field trip.
vi. An attendance copy of the students should be part of the record.
vii. Each proposal for such visits/ visits should include the financial implications and the date of visit with the place(s) to be visited. The financial implications should include the hiring of bus charges, viz-a-viz the funds available under this component. The visit is to be conducted by hiring State Road Transport buses. In case of the non-availability of such buses, buses from private registered operator scans are hired on competitive rates with prior approval from RMSA.
viii. The field trip should be planned according to the syllabus and the lesson plans planned by the Vocational Trainer so that the students can relate their learning’s with the ground realities.
ix. The Vocational Trainer should inform about the trip a week in advance to the students and discuss in detail the purpose and the place of the visit so that the parents of the students can be informed in advance and be taken into confidence by laying emphasis that such visits are an essential part of course and are to the benefit of their children.
22. It shall be the responsibility of the VTs in regard to the security of the children. The Head of the school should supervise all the arrangements and should remain present in the institution till the students return and join their parents.
23. Ensure students wear the school uniforms, carry an ID cards and their notebooks and pen/ pencil to make notes.
24. The Head of the school must send a complete report of such visits along with photographs by email to the APSSDC.
25. Vocational Trainers will coordinate with the Head of the schools for community mobilization in selected schools. They shall support the Head of the school for awareness among the students, parents, teachers, and community for vocational education. They shall also support the Head of the school for guidance and counseling services to the students as and when required.
26. Preservation of lab/ Workshop and its equipment.
27. Arrange students stationary as and when required in the schools for making a chart, project work, etc.
28. Assisting in Assessment & Certification: APSSDC along with RMSA shall facilitate the assessment and certification of the students by partnering with Andhra Pradesh State Board of Secondary Education, Board of Intermediate Examinations and respective SSC/NCVT/another authorized agency.
The following are the agencies responsible for theory and practical assessments.
a. For 9thclass i.e. level – 1 (L1), Internal assessment done by the Principals under the supervision of State Head Office.
b. For 10th class i.e. Level-2 (L2), assessment by the Board of Secondary Education.
c. For 11thand 12thclass i.e. Level-3 & 4 (L3 & L4), assessment by Board of Intermediate, Andhra Pradesh.
d. Practical assessment at all levels is conducted by SSC/NCVT/another authorized agency.
16. 9th class students will go to Level-2 on the successful completion of Level-1.
Attaching the students with the organizations in the summer holidays:
Principals have to facilitate On-the-Job Training (OJT) of the students within the industry/organizations of trades being conducted at the school with the help of the Vocational Coordinators and Trainers for a period of two weeks from April 25th to May 9th, 2017 for hands-on experience. Principals should ensure the following while facilitating OJT for the students:
a. Principals should monitor OJT on weekly basis
b. An internship observation notebook should be maintained by the students in which day to day activities have to be recorded.
c. At the end of the internship, obtain the certificate of attendance from the concerned industry/organization. Select the organization situated near to the school.