GUWAHATI, Aug 13 - For the first time, drama on social issues is going to be a part of curriculum for the State board schools in Assam, with the Board of Secondary Education, Assam (SEBA)’s new initiative to introduce an internal assessment in Social Science for the students of Class X from the next academic year.
The short plays or skits would not just familiarise the students with the prevailing social conditions, but would also lay focus on larger community awareness about social evils, rights and duties of citizens as well as the role and accountability of the authorities.
The new chapter to be introduced in Social Science against 10 marks of internal assessment from 2020 would be purely practical in nature.
“We are bringing the new chapter in Social Science in dramatised format for mandatory participation of the students. As part of this initiative, the students need to discuss and debate about the social problems related to health and hygiene, cyber crime, crime against women, child rights violation, flouting of traffic norms, witch-hunting and all other social challenges,” SEBA Chairman RC Jain told The Assam Tribune.
Under this set up, the students would have to simulate the proceedings of the State Legislative Assembly, where different students would be assigned the roles of the Chief Minister, Health Minister, Finance Minister, Transport Minister, etc. The issues would be brought up in the House for discussion and they will have to accept their accountability and explain about the measures to be taken. Different teams would be made to take up different topics, keeping in mind the burning issues of the respective areas.
“A mere bookish explanation of a social problem is not enough for effective learning, unless we engage the students into some meaningful exercise that can trigger creativity. The new generation needs to know about the problems existing in society and they also need to ponder over the solutions. At the same time, it will also generate awareness about child rights, which is the need of the hour,” the SEBA Chairman stated.
There is sufficient scope of community participation under this arrangement and the schools may also invite local community leaders, administrators, etc, to be a part of the exercise.
“Moreover, educating a child about the social evils would go a long way in spreading the word among the peer group, members of their families and society at large,” he further stated.
It may be noted that to encourage the students to understand the Assembly proceedings in a better way, the Department of Parliamentary Affairs also started exposure visits of students to the Assam Legislative Assembly from January 2017 onwards, as part of which college students can witness the proceedings of the House from close quarters.