Vocational Knowledge of Students at Secondary Level in Jharkhand
The objective of this paper is to study the level of vocational knowledge of students and compare the vocational knowledge of students in relation to sex, types of school and parents profession. Survey method was used on 200 secondary school students selected from four secondary schools (two CBSE and two state board) of Dhanbad district of Jharkhand, India randomly. Self-developed test on vocational knowledge consisting of 40 items based on different careers was used as tool for the collection of data. Collected data were analysed by using frequency count and percentage and presented in tabular and graph form. The study reveals that (i) 60% of secondary school students have average, 30% of students have low and only 10% of students have high level of vocational knowledge, (ii) boys have better level of vocational knowledge than girls, (iii) students of CBSE affiliated schools have better vocational knowledge than state board schools and (iv) students belonging to parents of private sector have better vocational knowledge than students of parents from government sector. The study suggested that vocational guidance and counselling activities such as career talk, class talk and career exhibition etc must be organised in school for creating awareness among students about different vocations. Further it is recommended that all teachers must be oriented in vocational guidance and school counsellor must be appointed in all secondary schools on regular basis.