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State push for open education at Pune school centres

The board will run special open-school centres aimed at providing a chance to education for students who had to discontinue their studies, or those who are unable to commit to regular school strictures and want to sit to for board exams externally.

pune Updated: Aug 03, 2018 17:03 IST
Ananya Barua
Ananya Barua
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Currently, the Maharashtra State open schooling board is in existence and accomodates students from Class 5 to 12. This board currently does not offer any open school programme in Pune. (HT REPRESENTATIONAL PHOTO)

The Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education has proposed introduction of an open-school board under the helm of the National institute of open schooling.

The board will run special open-school centres aimed at providing a chance to education for students who had to discontinue their studies, or those who are unable to commit to regular school strictures and want to sit to for board exams externally. In its initial stages, the proposal is now being put forth to city schools.

Speaking about the initiative,Shakuntala Kale, chairperson (MSBSHSE) said,“The concept is to help dropouts have another chance to complete their education. These centres will also be beneficial for students who want to give board exams externally, without the strict commitments of a school, as in the case of athletes. For now we want to see how many schools are interested to further this cause and based on that we will proceed.”

All interested schools are required to make their application for an open school centre by August 10. Following the application, schools will be inspected by the board.

Currently, the Maharashtra State open schooling board is in existence and accomodates students from Class 5 to 12. This board currently does not offer any open school programme in Pune.

Kale said,“There were a few technical issues.”

As per the government resolution, this open schooling board will currently function under the state board and later graduate to autonomy, based on its independence to perform.

A state education board official, requesting anonymity, informed that the open-school process will progress only after the schools have responded and that each centre would require a minimum of 50 students to register, for it to be operational.

According to the current plan, one centre will be at the taluka level and two in every municipal area.

First Published: Aug 03, 2018 17:01 IST