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For Young Athletes, Artists & Specially-Abled, Maharashtra Govt Approves Homeschooling, Launches Open Board

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In a first, the Maharashtra government has launched a special board for homeschooling to let more youngsters benefit from the alternative education system. Titled ‘Maharashtra Rajya Mukta Vidyalay Mandal’ (Maharashtra Open Secondary School Certificate (SSC) Board), the system will enable students from classes V to XII to learn at home and appear for the final examinations directly, reported Mumbai Mirror.

The move aims to encourage youngsters to pursue their passion for sports or cultural activities, without having to worry about regular school attendance. In addition, this board was introduced keeping in mind students with disability, as well as seniors, many of whom fail to find accessible and inclusive education for themselves in the present scenario.

About the decision

Maharashtra Education Department had been toying with the idea of an open board since Education Minister Vinod Tawde put forward a similar proposal last year. The official announcement was made at an inauguration event in Pune on Thursday, January 10, where the link to register for the open board was made live for the public. Tawde shared the news in a tweet:

The board examinations will be held for classes V, VIII, X and XII twice a year, in June and December. Students from classes V and VIII, who would be appearing for the examination will have the option to select subjects according to their choice. They will get to choose a total of five subjects from three separate categories, though a minimum of two languages and Maths have been kept as compulsory.

Maharashtra State Board chairman Shakuntala Kale informed, “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.”

The registration process demands the online submission of essential documents like identity proof and school-leaving certificate via email. To facilitate the applicants, 543 help centres have been set up by the government across the state, including 97 in Mumbai. Parents and guardians can submit documents, pay the examination fees and collect books for their wards at these centres.

Advantages of homeschooling

Since the last decade, homeschooling has been gaining prominence in Western countries where the system is legalised. As per the international statistics for homeschooling, United States reign at the top with the highest number of homeschooled kids (2.5 million).

In India, where the education law permits homeschooling legally (RTE Act, 2009), the trend is catching up presently with more and more parents opting out of the formal school education for their children.

Unknown to many, homeschooling a child has quite a number of advantages. Not only does it foster a close relationship between the parents and the children, but it also lets the parents design the learning scheme for their child according to their perception and grasping ability.

Unlike a classroom space, where a teacher often fails to pay equal attention to all the students, at home, a child remains the sole centre of attention, with all their learning shortcomings addressed instantly.

Parents have the complete freedom to make education engaging and exciting for their children, with extra focus on their needs. Specially-abled children can avail the best learning from home with constant parental supervision. Also, homeschooling protects a child from the competitive mentality or ill mannerisms that might be acquired from a school in some cases. At the same time, it must be remembered that for a wholesome development, a child must get a wholesome exposure-outside environment and with other children of their age.

In India, school education often comes under the scanner for excessive pressure created on the students. Instances are aplenty where aspiring athletes, musicians or artists had to curtail their dreams of a non-academic career due to the obligation of earning a school or college degree. At this point, such a move by the Maharashtra government deserves immense appreciation. Efforts For Good wishes the decision is replicated on a nationwide basis.

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