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Open school hope for matric students

Guwahati, June 21: The Board of Secondary Education, Assam (Seba) has decided to set up an open school from next year for students who cannot clear their matric examination.

With the setting up of the open school, students will be able to sit for the Matric — the state’s most important school examination — according to their convenience. If someone attempts to clear the exam even at the age of 60 or 70, the proposed open school will accommodate the student and allow him/her to sit for it.

Seba chairman Mohsin Ali told The Telegraph that the prime objective of the open school system was to help students who were weak in some subjects and could not complete the matric examinations in one go as in the regular system of education.

“The open school will be very flexible and allow a student to take the school final examination for any number of subjects at a time according to the convenience of the student. Examinations will be held within a gap of six months in a year. If a student feels that he cannot clear all the subjects in one go, he or she can attempt several times to pass all the subjects. There will be no age bar to appear in the Matric through open school,” he said.

Ali said the open school system was gaining popularity and had received tremendous response in different parts of the country, particularly in Andhra Pradesh. He said Seba secretary L.N. Sarma was interested in and involved with the project.

“The formal and final seal of approval will be given to the open school project by the board in the presence of all its officials,” he said.

Another Seba official, who deals with academic matters, said there was another reason to set up the proposed open school. “Matric is the target of thousands of guardians for their children, particularly in rural Assam. For them passing the Matric is the way to get a job and also to get a good bride/groom. So the Matric has psychological and social implications. The proposed open school will bring hope and cheer to those who cannot clear the examination under the regular system of education. It will also be helpful,” the official said.

Ali said the concept of education was fast changing and one could study irrespective of the age factor. He said fast growth of open universities indicated the flexibility of the present education system.

“Many girls, especially in rural and remote areas, cannot complete the Matric under the regular system of education because of their early marriage. The open school will be a ray of hope for these girls. Boys who have started earning their livelihood without completing the Matric can clear the examination in the open school according to their convenience,” he added.

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