In Today scenario, most of the students are confused about open schooling. They are confused that open schooling is better option or not? Which board is better for open schooling. How open schooling is different from regular schooling. Today, we will clear some doubts of the students about open schooling in this blog. First of all, we will talk what is open schooling and regular schooling?

What is open schooling?

Open schooling is a term which describe learning which is ‘open’ in terms of timing, location, teaching roles, instructional methods, modes of access, and any other factors related to learning processes. Open schooling is a system that allows students to study at home, at work, or anywhere else that is convenient for them without having to attend regular classes. The open schooling system assists students who have failed their class 10th and 12th exams by allowing them to retake the board exam the same year. In Open schooling system, open boards conduct exams two times in a year (April-May or Oct-Nov).

What is regular schooling?

In regular schooling, the student goes to the school physically. In these schools’ students’ studies with pre-defined curriculum. There is a setup of teaching and non-teaching staff that operates the internal functions of the schools. Most important part is that these school are recognised or affiliated from a govt recognised board. These schools are controlled by administrative bodies and functions as per the guidelines of the board. In regular schooling, exams are conducted once in a year (March-April).

How open schooling is different from regular schooling?

  1. Open school boards such as NIOS, BOSSE, BBOSE and others allow students to study from home or anywhere else while working, whereas regular school requires students to attend classes every day in the school they have taken admission.
  1. In Regular schooling, student and teacher interaction is face to face and they both strict to a fixed timetable. On the other hand, Open schooling is a flexible. In this, student need to attend some sessions. Student can study itself.
  1. Regular schooling is more focused on instruction and education services whereas the open school is extremely beneficial to people who want to continue their studies while working in a gainful manner.
  1. Regular school students must adhere to strict attendance policies. Students in regular school are unable to pass exams unless they meet attendance criteria. On the other hand, in open schooling attendance is not compulsory.
  1. Open schools allow mentally handicapped, women, school dropouts, residents of rural and remote areas, 10th or 12th failed students can enroll and complete their school education from home, but regular schools do not allow pupils who are unable to attend school regularly.

To sum up, regular schools and open schools are different in many aspects, the most important aspect in the open schooling is flexibility. Open schools give educational help to dropouts who are hesitant to re-enter the formal schooling system. Open schooling also helps much-needed students to bridge the gap of mainstream education. open school students can complete their 10th and 12th grades through NIOS, BOSSE, or any other open board. And schooling from these boards is competent to pursue college degrees.

Indian Education system changes have been phenomenal after framing the Constitution of India. According to the fundamental rights ” Cultural and Educational rights” the govt. of India had set up NIOS(National Institute of Open Schooling) to provide education to all heterogeneous sections of society. Following the footstep of NIOS, BOSSE (Board Of Open Schooling & Skill Education was set by from an initiative from Government of Sikkim as an open school Gangtok under Act No.14 of 2020.BOSSE has been granted the same status by NIOS, though been a private institute.

   Table of Contents

  • Overview of NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling)
  • Overview of BOSSE(Board of Open Schooling & Skill Education)
  • Benefits of BOSSE (Board of Open Schooling & Skill Education)


Overview of NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling)

  NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) has aimed to provide education at a pre-degree level to those who want to learn. NIOS was set up in 1979 and under the National Education Policy of 1986, it started strengthening the education system in India through the open board and giving chances to various types of candidates like private candidates, school dropouts, females, and males who want to learn. This noble initiative has certainly increased the literacy rate amongst the Indian population. This open learning system is based on the formal education system and is supported by Govt. recognized degrees and certificates. National Institute of Open Schooling enables continuing education till the pre-degree level. Its main objective is to provide equal just to all with the universalization of education in this ever-evolving society. NIOS being the Govt. body is at par with BOSSE whose aims are the same cumulative.

Overview of BOSSE(Board of Open Schooling & Skill Education)  

BOSSE-Board of Open Schooling & Skill Education is a multi-faceted institute that provides open school learning & Skill Education. It also aims to educate all within the heterogeneous group who wishes to learn, for example, school dropouts, discontinuing school education for some financial or cultural or geographical issues, Disadvantaged groups, underprivileged section of society, early marriages or employment responsibilities & minorities, etc. BOSSE is open format School that promotes learning and evaluation and is recognized by the statutory governing bodies in India for higher education. BOSSE has always encouraged learning with freedom and flexibility. Students are provided special assistance in terms of career counseling, study materials for learning, special visual aids, and special teaching assistance to students for solving their related queries. BOSSE degree certificates NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling), AIU (Association of Indian Universities), and the formative learning is based on the NCERT (National Council of Educational Research and Training) NIOS syllabus.

Benefits of BOSSE (Board of Open Schooling & Skill Education)  

  • Strategic planning and promoting open school initiative program;
  • Learners are empowered with pre-degree schooling to decide whether to go for higher studies or not;
  • Simplifying education for all the heterogeneous groups of the society with special emphasis on the weaker, differently able, minorities, and marginalized sections of the society.
  • Varied variety of courses supported by adequate course materials and proper guidance from teachers concerning continuing vocational education and life enrichment curriculum and courses at a pre-degree level.
  • To focus on skill development by way of introducing self-learning material along with vocational education and training, promoting open basic education, senior secondary education, etc.
  • To conduct examinations and award certificates or degrees to pass out candidates.
  • ODL-based supervision of examinations, monitoring and assessment and evaluation, and fair and transparent marking.
  • Promote education for all missions and make India more self-reliant and interdependent in all sectors of the economy.

Therefore we understand that BOSSE is a medium of formal education that aims to educate all the sections of society to make India empower with education and can be more self-reliant. Open school format is a chance for those people who have not got the opportunity for regular schools but have an aptitude for education and make themselves more skilled and upgraded. BOSSE has taken the initiative to educate differently able students, school dropouts, and minorities’ weaker sections of society irrespective of caste and creed. The Govt. of India has also acknowledged the initiatives taken by the BOSSE, despite being a private institute.

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