Vocational Education

Vocational Education is designed to prepare skilled work force in middle level in one or more group of occupations, trade or job after matriculation at 10+2 stage of Education. The objective of the course is to enhance individual employability and to provide an alternative for those pursuing higher education without particular interest or purpose. It is a distinct stream intended to prepare students for identified occupations.
Directorate of Vocational Higher Secondary Education constituted during 1983-84. Initially, the scheme was implemented in 19 schools with a few selected courses and was extended to 73 schools in 1985-86 offering 27 different vocational courses. In 1988-89 there were 100 schools with a total of 200 batches. The programme continued to expand every year until 1995-96 and the number of schools went up to 310 with a total of 814 batches offering 45 different courses.
The next expansion came in 2000-01 and the number of schools went up to 375 with a total of 1000 batches. At present, there are 389 schools with 1100 batches in the state imparting Vocational Higher Secondary Education in 35 restructured courses with modernized curriculum. Of the 389 schools, 128 schools are in the private aided sector and 261 are in the government sector.
Schemes of Examination
a.Continuous Evaluation Grading revised Scheme
This scheme was introduced from 2008-2009 and is to end during the academic year 2015-16 for the regular students. Both the scores of first and second year are reckoned for the declaration of results. A registrant of the scheme will become Eligible for Higher Studies, if he/she secures the grade D+ for all subjects except Vocational Practical. For Vocational Practical the minimum grade is fixed as C.
b.Continuous Evaluation and Grading (Revised Cum Modular) Scheme
With the introduction of revised curriculum of Vocational Subjects, the new scheme Continuous Evaluation and Grading (Revised Cum Modular) Scheme is introduced from the academic year 2015-16 onward. In the scheme, the syllabus is restructured into four modules and in each module a student has to go through Skill evaluation for which a maximum score of 100 is earmarked. Those who secure minimum of 50% of score became eligible for securing a skill certificate.


For more information, visit: www.vhse.kerala.gov.in