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Open school in Sakchi

For school dropouts in East Singhbhum, it’s never too late to matriculate.

The district on Tuesday launched its first National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) centre at the Rajkriyakrit Uchcha Balika Vidyalaya in Sakchi, opening up opportunities for dropouts to complete their matriculation.

This is the first of its kind initiative taken by the state HRD department following an agreement with NIOS in June.

“This comes as a boon for those who have left studies after Class IX, including those who wish to complete matriculation and study further to spur growth in their vocations. Anybody wishing to earn a matriculate certificate can come here and register to appear for the exam next year,” district education officer Ashok Kumar Sharma said after inaugurating the centre.

The district will get four more NIOS centres — at Birsanagar High School, Baharagora High School, KNJ High School, Chakulia, and Potka High School — within a month.

Admission for dropouts will be easier at the NIOS centres, compared to schools, as they can register for studying in Class X directly, even if they had quit at a lower standard.

Registration of students will start tomorrow. One can also fill forms online till February 2012. The examination is scheduled in April. The centres will charge fees for a six-month period — Rs 1,000 for males, Rs 750 for females and Rs 550 for SC/ST. Classes will be conducted every Sundays.

“All we require from a student is a birth certificate and a residential certificate for enrolment,” principal of Rajkriyakrit Uchcha Balika Vidyalaya Manju Sinha said.

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