Monday, July 24, 2017

Maharashtra’s open school to start from 2018.. and connection with a PIL filed by open learners' guardians

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The state of Maharashtra has recently announced starting its Open School and this could not get more awesome! The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), a central government body, has existed before unschooling and home schooling were cool. But now we have our own state run Open School to design and implement a more relevant and context based curriculum that focusses on skill development!

In July 2015, some of us had filed a PIL with the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court. It was regarding amendments in the modus operandi of the Maharashtra State Government w.r.t. the Right To Education Act and the mandate to attend 'schools' to impart basic education for kids belonging to the age group of 6 to 14 years. We had also demanded the formation of a state level Open School, as directed by the NIOS.

We engaged with the system to recognize open learning as an alternative means to education. This was applicable in various scenarios such as with kids of migrant labour, tribals, children below the poverty line, home schoolers, and open learners. We read and understood the Ground Rules (GR) for a survey of out-of-school students, worked in tandem with the Municipal Corporations, and even went out to survey with the government staff and submitted our findings. Following the survey, some of us continued to write to the Ministry of Education and Hon. Governor of Maharashtra.

It all has started to yield fruitful results and education is only going to get exciting from here!
Maharashtra's open school to start from 2018

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