open schooling

While taking the decision of Open schooling, there often exists doubts pertaining to the curriculum. More often than not people tend to question the education dissemination efficiencies of open schools. But before turning down the option try delving into the methodologies adopted by these open schools.

Prospects of Open Schooling

NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) is the autonomous board administering open schooling in India. It provides education at power with any other regular board. NIOS offers an extremely flexible study module. Students, unlike the regular schools, have the option to choose subject combinations as per their own needs and proclivities. They are provided with the best of education material supplemented by audio-video content and face to face classes, which are conducted at the study centres on holidays and weekends.

Learning through NIOS is self-paced. The students are given the flexibility to take exams one by one as per their preparations. The registration is valid for five years. During this course, students can leave or take up new subjects provided that the total number of subjects don’t exceed seven. NIOS offers 27 subjects (including English and 16 other languages) at the secondary and 23 subjects (including English and five other languages) at the senior secondary levels. No subjects amongst these are compulsory except a language, which can be English. Also, students can choose vocational subjects along with academic ones.

NIOS administers two public exams every academic year – in April-May and in October-November. These exams are equivalent to the CBSE and the CISCE exams. NIOS recently introduced the On Demand Examination System (ODES). Under this system, learners can appear for examination in any subject as and when they feel prepared for it.

Types of Open Schooling Programme

NIOS aims at making education available to students and adults in the rural area to whom it has largely remained inaccessible. It offers an Open Basic Education (OBE) programme, which is equivalent to regular Class 8 programme. The OBE programme is available for children above 14 years of age and adults above 14 years. It has three levels:

  • OBE level A: equivalent to class I-III
  • OBE level B: equivalent to class IV-V
  • OBE level C: equivalent to class VI-VIII

So not only is NIOS making education flexible for students, it is also running the noble mission of making education approachable for all. With this, before choosing your education preference do weigh the flexibility and efficiency of open schools against the regular system.

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