Can you imagine a school without a big building, children running around a playground, classrooms, notes scribbled on the blackboard?
Growing up, the school is a second home for most of us, where the teacher dons the role of a second parent. But what if a student did not leave the first home for the second and was taught by her biological parents?
Homeschooling is a less explored concept in India, but it has a growing interest, nevertheless.
In this regard, the Maharashtra government on January 10, 2019, launched ‘Open SSC board’, an initiative that encourages students to pursue schooling from home.
One of the key reasons for this initiative is to encourage and empower young athletes and artists, who spend considerable time in practice and tournaments and because of this, are unable to pursue formal schooling.
State Education and Sports Minister Vinod Tawde, said in a report published by The Indian Express, “At the age of 10, you can appear for class 5 exam, at the age of 13 for class 8 exam, and as a 15-year-old for class 10 (SSC) exam.”
Many students quit their passions when they enter classes 9 and 10 since they are unable to juggle their academic requirements and rigorous schedules. This initiative will help in changing that since students will now have more flexibility.
Remarkably, this initiative will apply to any sportsperson, artist, or a physically-handicapped candidate.
State Board Chairperson Shakuntala Kale told Mumbai Mirror, “The application process will be open till January 31, but we intend to extend the deadline. Students who register now will be able to appear for exams in six months.”
To register, students will have to submit their identity proofs and school-leaving certificates. The exams are scheduled for June and December every year.
This new move is sure to bring cheer and respite for many parents who are home-schooling their children for various reasons.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)
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