The Right to Education Act (RTE), has created an awareness about education and its importance in India. Currently, Indian Literacy rate stands at 74%. If this has to drastically improved, then it all depends upon how Open Schooling is used as a means of getting educated. Some states have very high literacy rates whereas some states have very moderate Literacy rates in India. In such cases, Open Schooling holds the answer to better literacy and jobs prospects in India.
PAST HISTORY OF OPEN SCHOOLING:
Open Schooling has done wonders in the way of providing education and improving the literacy rate particularly in the last and current decade. The Open Schooling has provided a way to learn for people who had many constraints like financial, circumstantial and non-flexible mode in regular schooling. They all benefited through the non-formal mode of Education. Indian literacy rate has a significant say on Open Schooling as it has been able to reach the people in the so far unreached frontiers of India.
FUTURE OF OPEN SCHOOLING:
The Open Schooling system in India, which is at an initial stage of popularity and importance, has to have a great leap forward to meet the challenge of making the people of India, a learned society in a reasonable period of time within India and other countries. It is because a large section of uneducated Indians leave the country for work who later realizes the importance of secondary and senior secondary education for them to move ahead in their career graph.
Keeping in view the above, the Open Schooling Institutions have to think and prepare themselves in a futuristic manner. It provides a framework giving directions in which research, development, training, programmes, networking, extension and other programmes of Open Schooling should be conducted in order to best serve the object of implementing and promoting the open schooling programme in the country.
A situation of admission on demand is also thought of as a productive way. Taking into account the fact that India is a multilingual society with pluralistic culture, it is necessary that the entire education should be locally relevant. The need for localisation of school education is of utmost importance. The issue of the relevance has lying low for quite a long time and has created certain aberration in Indian education. This needs to be corrected by allowing greater flexibility in curriculum development and implementation. Even the States in India are too big a unit for that matter.
The future of Humanity lies in the proper vision of education which implements and restores communication with oneself (Self-education), and this will help to build healthy relationships with others (Health education) and the world, thus solving the same human and contemporary world problems. Open Schooling in the future involving, an all-embracing school system end educational process digitalization, free choice of free open education E-Resources in free collaborative e-environment will facilitate learners’ critical thinking and reflection skills, enhance knowledge development, and improve learning outcomes.
Virtual Open Schooling may be the future of Open Schooling. Virtual Open Schooling can be defined as an educational practice that provides opportunity to learners to study a formal school-based course online and gain credit for certification purpose. Learners can study using various Internet / Computer based technologies. The courses are based on existing Open Educational Resources, and are built around a learning management system with content stored on online repositories. Digital media integration would facilitate effectiveness of curriculum. Internet technologies would facilitate interaction – with peers, with teachers, and with content.