Homeschooling the Future of Education?
Posted on: September 22, 2021.

Author: Prabhukrishna M, Content Creator/Chief Editor, Yokibu Editorial

For decades, parents have been aware of children being forced to conform of the standards set by classroom-centric, school-based education, limiting their skills and curtailing their creativity and special abilities.

But it is only recently that well-informed parents decided to relieve their children from traditional schooling and induct them into “homeschooling” or “open schooling”.

With there being no significant change in the methods adopted for teaching, certain parents are unschooling their children—especially in Classes X (Secondary) and XII (Senior Secondary).

Parents feel strongly against their children being put through monotonous academic practices daily for decades, and that schools must change with time. With open schooling, they feel children are learning more.

When compared to students who attend regular school, it is noticeable that the level of exposure among home-schooled children is very high and that they are much more creative, curious and less bookish.

However, the practice of open schooling was organized and established more than 30 years ago—in 1989—as the National Open School (NOS), rechristened to National Institute of Open Schooling—”NIOS”—in 2002.

NIOS is India’s apex institution for homeschooling/open schooling—constituted under the Ministry of Education (MOE), Government of India—for pre-degree level courses including Life Enrichment Programmes.

More than 3.3 million students have been certified by NOS/NIOS from 1991 to 2007, and cumulative enrolment between 2007 and 2012 is 4.13 million students—the world’s largest open schooling system.

NIOS is India’s third largest education board—after CBSE and ICSE—according to whose data, Chennai has, over the past four years, been registering a steady increase in children opting for open learning…

…with 2,250 enrollments received in 2016-17, surpassed by 2,513 in 2017-18, and 3,821 in 2018-19—increasing at a steady pace, year-over-year.

The hassle-free curriculum has delighted many parents and children, who, while appearing for Class X and XII board examinations, have also been able to pursue their non-academic and co-academic interests.

9 chances in 5 years are provided to complete a course, with examinations conducted twice a year. Furthermore, there is “On-Demand Examination” for Classes X and XII.

Homeschooling/Open schooling students can—like those who are schooled mainstream—get an admission in any college or university once they have the NIOS homeschooling certificate.

In 2019-20, NIOS stated that enrollment is expected to increase by at least 35%, based on the fact that many parents intend enrolling their children in homeschooling and open learning—facilitated worldwide.

Though homeschoolers are not eligible to take CBSE, ICSE and ISC examinations, they can register with the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) as private candidates.

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