Work Education in Schools

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Concept of Work Education – CBSE


The National Policy on Education 1986 has conceived Work Education as purposive and meaningful manual work that results in goods or services which are useful to the society. Work Education comprises activities consisting of services, foods and community development in various areas of human needs such as health and hygiene, food, clothing, recreation and social service in accordance with mental abilities and manual skills of children at various stages of education and the availability of local resources. The Policy visualized intensive participation in production and service-oriented projects for the middle and lower-secondary stages along with an “Earn while you learn” dimension for needy students on an optional basis. It assigned equal importance to community work/social service for creating social awareness and concern for the welfare/development of the local community or society at large.

The essential attribute of Work Education is, therefore, its manual character which means that the children are to work with their hands and thereby develop a purposive or educative in that it should help develop knowledge, understanding attitudes, personal-social qualities and skills related to the world of work. Further, Work Education should be meaningful i.e., it should help in the satisfaction of children’s basic needs of life such as food, clothing, shelter, health, hygiene and recreation, through production of goods or rendering of services. Social or community service for the welfare/development of the community or society at large should also form an essential component of Work Education.


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