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, the NIOS, which functions as an autonomous organization under the Ministry of Education, said India’s first virtual school was launched by it in August 2021.
“Referring to certain media reports on claims of India’s first virtual school being launched today. NIOS is reported to have already launched the country’s first virtual school in August 2021,” he said.
In its statement, the NIOS added that there are currently more than 7,000 study centers affiliated to NIOS providing academic support, while more than 1,500 study centers provide support in skill-based vocational courses to students.
“In the recently concluded academic session, NIOS students have uploaded 4.46 lakh assignments. They are being automatically assigned to subject experts and are being assessed online. It is expected to touch the 10 lakh mark online submissions and assessment of assignments in the ongoing academic session,” he added.
During the day, Kejriwal announced that the Delhi government’s virtual school will be open to children between the ages of 13 and 18 who have cleared Class 8 from any recognized school.
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Grades 9-12 will be offered at the school. For the academic year 2022-23, admissions for class 9 have opened.
“All the classes will be online in our virtual school, the online classes will be recorded, so that students who cannot attend the live classes can take them in their free time,” Kejriwal said.