The Centre-run National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) on Wednesday countered Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s claim that his government was launching the country’s first virtual school.
In a statement, NIOS, which functions as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Education, said India’s first virtual school had launched in August 2021.
“With reference to some media reports regarding the claim of launch of India’s first virtual school today. It is informed that the country’s first virtual school has already been launched by NIOS in August 2021,” it said.
In its statement, NIOS added that there are currently more than 7000 study centers affiliated to NIOS that are providing academic support, while more than 1500 study centers are providing support to students in skill-based-vocational courses.
“4.46 lakh assignments were uploaded by NIOS students in the recently concluded academic session. These are being automatically assigned to subject experts and evaluated online. It is expected to reach the mark of over 10 lakh online submissions and assessment of assignments in the ongoing academic session,” it added.
During the day, Kejriwal announced that the Delhi government’s virtual school would be open to children between the ages of 13 and 18 who have passed Class 8 from a recognized school.
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Classes 9-12 will be offered in schools. For the academic year 2022-23, admissions are open for class 9.
“All classes in our virtual school will be online, online classes will be recorded, so that students unable to attend live classes can take them at their leisure,” Kejriwal said.