Maharashtra to set up Open School Board(OSB) Scheme for Education of Left Out Students

Published Date - 15 March 2018 01:34:16 Updated Date - 15 March 2018 01:34:56

The  Maharastra government decided to set up Maharastra State Open School Board .In order to improve the literacy ratio in the state and also to help the students who are all left out their studies due to various circumstance to complete their education, the state government of Maharashtra is about to implement the OSB (Open School Board) Scheme.

Maharashtra state cabinet has approved this OSB scheme on 13 March 2018. Maharashtra education department will start this state open board on the lines of open university.

This Open School Education Board will enable students to study and complete their basic education. Furthermore, candidates will also get certificates after the completion of their school education.

On the 13th of March 2018, the education department of the state Maharashtra has referred the approval from the state cabinet on starting the OSB scheme in the state. In responding to that approval, the state education department has reviled that the OSB will be implemented soon along with the boundaries similar to the Open Universities.

The announcement of the OSB Scheme came from the Mr. Vinod Tawde who is the current educational minister.

Subjects such as economics, commerce, agriculture, science and technology, bakery production, screen printing, information technology, co-operatives and languages such as Marathi, English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Sanskrit would be a part of the syllabus.

The state education commissioner will be the chairman of the board.

With the Open School Board coming into existence, night schools will not be closed, Tawde assured.

Students who are completing their education through night schools can continue, the minister said.

What is Open School Board(OSB)?

The Open school system is something very similar to the Indira Gandhi National Open University and the Yeshwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University, where the school drop outs can able to join and complete their school education.

Though, the students of Maharashtra has the option of joining at NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) but it always gives them the think of being in part of the non-regular education system, owing to that many keep avoiding that. Unlike NIOS, the OSB gives the regular education system which gives the opportunities to the students or adults or housewives to complete their basic education up to the higher secondary class 12th.

The OSB will be governed by the Maharashtra state board of secondary and higher secondary education, however, the syllabus of those regular board educations will be different when compared with the upcoming OSB (Open School Board).



Important Features of  Maharashtra Open School Board (OSB) Scheme

The important features and highlights of this open school education board scheme are as follows:-

  • All the people who are deprived of mainstream education or have drop-out due to any reason can avail benefits of OSB scheme. Such people can complete their education via OSB scheme.
  • Subsequently most adult workers and housewives will get an opportunity to appear for school exams under OSB Scheme.
  • This Open School Board will function under the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
  • In addition to this, syllabus of Maharashtra Open School Board will be different from regular syllabus of Secondary Education Board.
  • Subjects – OSB board will have the following subjects:-
    • Agriculture
    • Economics
    • Science and Technology
    • Bakery Production
    • Screen Printing
    • Information Technology and Cooperatives
  • OSB will also consists of Marathi, English, Hindi, Urdu, Gujarati and Sanskrit languages.

Education is the most important part of one’s life as it develops and foster them. Moreover, people can get job opportunities after proper education. However, some deprived sections of the society does not have access to quality education. Even some regular school students have to drop-out and leave their studies due to various personal reasons.

Accordingly, this Open School Board scheme will enable them to complete their school education without even going to schools. Subsequently this open school education board is for all candidates who missed the opportunity to complete their school education.

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