CBSE of India is planning to introduce artificial intelligence and Coding syllabus for classes 6 to 8 (10-12-year-old students), with the aid of Microsoft.
As world is experiencing a technological change at present with the advent of AI like ChatGPT, jobs of future are expected to be altered too. Over 803 Companies worldwide had announced that they are about to incorporate AI into their system, which makes the technology inevitable now and in future.
To cope up with advances of tech, reskilling and modifying of educational sector is compulsive now and, in the aspect, India’s CBSE is ready to introduce the new age technology for school students.
AI & Coding for Class 6 to 8
Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) decided to include artificial intelligence and coding in the curriculum of Classes 6 to 8. The introduction of advanced technology and programming into school students will infuse computational and analytical thinking in the students, for preparing them for future careers.
Under the New Educational Policy of 2020, subjects such as AI, coding, financial literacy, data science and more will be introduced in early education. The coding syllabus will be prepared by Microsoft, ensuring that students receive high-quality education in coding and AI.
A total of 33 subjects has been listed for the curriculum of students. Other subjects include augmented reality, Kashmiri embroidery, application of satellites, humanity and Covid-19. With this, medicine storage also exists to tutor students on safety preserving of medicines at home.
The modules have a duration of 12-15 hours and the schools have been instructed to devote 70% of the time-duration to hands-on activities and 30% to theory. Adding new age technologies for school students might create curiosity about it and will develop problem-solving skills, creativity, computational and analytical thinking which will mold them better for future careers.
The advancements and developments of technologies is appreciable for the betterment of mankind. Incorporation of AI is seen as an expected outcome due to its efficacy. However, fast growing of the tech imposes a pressure on the young minds to be competing and strong enough on these techs to have a better livelihood.
Introducing techs like AI, robotics, AR, and more for a 10-year-old student’s syllabus might burden the course of study. I have a cousin studying and experimenting about Arduino boards in his fifth standard in Kuwait, which I hadn’t touched till I reached college. On other perspective, why should everyone have to learn coding and AI? It shouldn’t be a compulsion, but just an option.
Bringing the techs as recreational activities (not as syllabus) for the young children might be acceptable. And I would say introducing advanced techs like AI, coding and others for Class 9 or 10 and above might be far better and less constraining for the students.
“Technology should inspire the minds and not be infused.” Let them not be pushed into a race.
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