Jharkhand State Open School (JSOS) registered with the Govt. of Jharkhand and has submitted for Membership of Council of Boards of School Education in India (COBSE) under MHRD Govt. of India Vide Ref. No:COBSE/C.77/2014 Dated 26 Dec 2014 to provide secondary and higher secondary education to students under open and distance education and to conduct examinations, testing and certification as follows.
Jharkhand State Open School (JSOS) was set up and registered in 2014. A copy of the Registration Certificate is enclosed herewith for ready reference. The JSOS identified the Jharkhand State to provide education up to secondary/ senior secondary level, especially to the children belonging to Scheduled Tribes. It was observed that there was an urgent need to reach the STs, socially and educationally disadvantaged classes and other culturally, economically, geographically weaker sections of the society, as literacy rate among these groups, particularly among girl-child is very low. In view of the need to accelerate the pace and progress of secondary education, especially in tribal/ rural conglomeration, Jharkhand State Open School (JSOS) proposed to collaborate with the State of Jharkhand Based on the experience gained over the period, it may spread its wings to similar pockets in other States.
A detailed scheme of Syllabus along with the scheme of Examination for High School & Intermediate Examination is enclosed along with the Project submitted to the Government of Jharkhand. It may be submitted that in respect of Secondary/High School and Senior Secondary/ Intermediate programme, the learner will study 6 subjects for Secondary and 5 subjects for Senior Secondary for the purpose of certification. However, a learner will be permitted to study one more subject as per his/ her convenience. Course curriculum in each subject will be planned for 100 hours of study time, and out of this 40 hours will be at study centre/ academic centre/ personal contact classes and 60 hours as self-study. The entry requirements at SSC (10th level will be as followed by open schools.
The JSOS will conduct public examinations twice a year, as is being practiced by other State Open Schools. A candidate will get nine chances to appear in the public examinations over a period of 5 years from the date of registration to complete the Secondary School Certification (SSC)/ Sr. Secondary School Certification (Sr. SSC). JSOS shall issue SSC/ Sr. SSC pass certificates under its emblem to all those who qualify the SSC/ Sr. SSC course. These certificates will be equivalent to SSC/ Sr. SSC of formal system in the country on reciprocal basis. A candidate can choose to appear in any one or more subjects in any examination and earn credits, which will be accumulated till all subjects required for certification are successfully completed within a period of 5 years from the date of registration. Candidates who have appeared in SSC examination in any other Board/ Council recognized by COBSE and have passed in certain subjects can get their credits transferred up to a maximum of two subjects while appearing for SSC in the Open Schooling system. Besides, the JSOS would also offer `On Demand-On-Line’ examination to the desirous students. A detailed scheme in this regard is attached herewith.
JSOS will set up its centres at district headquarter level in the State. A minimum of one institution in each Block will be nominated as Academic Centre/ Study Centre for academic centres. However, there may be no restriction for more Academic Centers in case of demand. It will have the option to set up its branch(s) at places other than Jharkhand also, depending on the need and requirement, as the scheme progresses.
Approve study or academic centres and/or vocational study centres through appropriate agreements with such centres to implement open and distance learning programmes;
The issued certificates of Jharkhand State Open School (JSOS) are accepted by Ministry of External Affairs of MHRD Govt. of India, the apostille Certificates are enclosed herewith for ready reference.
JSOS shall be a self-sustained body without any financial commitment on the part of the State Government.