GANGTOK | SEPT 21, 2020:
The Minister-in-Charge of the Education Department, Kunga Nima Lepcha, introduced the Board of Open Schooling and Skill Education, Sikkim, 2020 Bill No. 14 on Monday.
The bill aims to bolster the crucial role of universal school education, along with skills and vocational education, for strengthening the social fabric of democracy. Over the years there has been a significant spatial and numerical expansion of schools in India, however, the goal of providing education to all continues to be a challenge for the government.
To enhance the infrastructural support to cater to the needs of students at secondary and senior secondary level especially skill and vocational education, it is felt necessary to involve public and private participation to improve literacy and speed up the enrollment or retention of students and to attain universalisation of school education and vocational education in Sikkim.
To achieve its goals, the Sikkim government felt it necessary to establish the Board of Open Schooling and Examination. The government aims to provide high-quality school, skill and vocational education, through all modes, including face-to-face mode, flexible mode, open and distance learning mode and e-learning mode.