Boards and Homeschoolers

Okay, so you are homeschooling your child……but what about his future? Will he go back to school sometime? Will he take exams like other children and pursue further studies? Do colleges and universities here recognise homeschoolers? Will he get to do the course he wants to do?

So many questions….questions that many homeschoolers are often asked by well-meaning friends and family……and sometimes these are the same questions that beginner homeschoolers ask others! But these questions often do not have very tangible answers, as they are questions about the future – a future that we are often imagining and trying to predict or plan, in a world that is changing and growing so fast every day.

While many homeschoolers live in the now and celebrate the present moment, some feel a real need to weigh their options carefully before making decisions. These questions however unlock the doors to many possibilities that could benefit both groups. They allow us to dream and look forward with hope and faith in oneself, one’s children and in the path one has chosen. They open our minds to think about options that are available in our country and beyond. They provide the key to infinite possibilities for some, while providing warmth and comfort of treading a known and trodden path for others.

In this article and hopefully some others to follow, we will explore the current reality and what we dream of, in our country, with respect to homeschooling, boards of education and board exams.

Alternative Education Board

Some movers and shakers are even thinking of forming a cooperative to create a Board for alternative education in India – using a collaborative approach to get ideas; with self-designed, learner-centric courses; micro-credits systems; no age bar, and hands-on learning.

To follow the discussion regarding a Board for Alternate Education in India on the ning site http://indiahomeschoolers.ning.com , click on this link: Board for Alternate Education in India

To join the cooperative space to create such a board and add your own ideas and thoughts to this exciting option, please go to this page.

Flexischooling

Some others are finding their own ways to get back into mainstream education through the different Board options currently available. There are some others who hope to change things in the mainstream education system in order to give homeschoolers and unschoolers more options to choose from – like flexischooling, changing admission criteria for exams etc.

Explore the Flexischooling option with this link: Flexischooling

The Trodden Path

While we have done some search and research to glean information on the current options available for homeschoolers, there are many areas that need more research. We hope that parents who have “been there and done that” could add value to this, by sharing their personal experiences and journeys, which could throw light on many areas that others are trying to get a hold on.

Our country has a large number of Boards for Education catering to a diverse population. It can therefore get confusing for parents sometimes to decide on which curriculum to follow or which exams to take, especially when their kids are out of the mainstream. Since the RTE and the legality of homeschooling, and admissions into schools / colleges seem to be the burning questions in the minds of many parents, we felt that this article was pertinent and much needed.

Here is a short guide on what these Boards of Education in India are and the options they give for homeschoolers in India:

ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education)

  • The syllabus is set by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE)
  • The examination is conducted once a year up to class X. For classes, XI and XII these schools follow ISC
  • The candidates have to choose six subjects or papers as per the specified regulations, including SUPW (Socially Useful productive Work)
  • Many schools now adhere to the ICSE syllabus. After completing class X of ICSE, the children can join any board – local or international.

ISC (Indian School Certificate)

  • This board is followed for classes XI and XII
  • The syllabus is set by the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations
  • The examination is conducted after a two-year course of studies beyond the ICSE examination (Class X) or its equivalent
  • A candidate has to appear for two compulsory papers (English and Environmental Education) and three, four or five elective papers.
  • It is recognised by all Indian colleges and universities

Point to note: The Council is prepared to consider requests for special papers for which provisions have not been made in the regulations, at an extra cost, provided the syllabus is of an equal standard with those to which they are proposed as alternatives – see the section under Regulations on their website.

CVE (Certificate of Vocational Education)

  • This is an examination conducted by the CISCE and is taken by candidates after they have completed the ICSE (year 10) exam or its equivalent
  • It provides an alternative to higher education and prepares students for particular occupations
  • There is no age limit for candidates taking the exams
  • Some of the subjects are computer theory and system analyst, offset printing technician, graphic designing, civil engineering technician, crèche and preschool management, hospitality management, exterior and interior designing, physical education, business studies etc.
  • A candidate has to choose and appear for not more than 6 subjects including English.

For more information on ICSE, ISC Boards and CVE, please look up the CISCE website http://www.cisce.org

Options for Homeschoolers: As of now, homeschoolers are not eligible to take the ICSE, ISC and CVE exams. The board does not permit private candidates to take these exams. Only regular school candidates are allowed to appear for the exams.

CBSE (Central Board for Secondary Education)

  • This board was formed keeping in mind the need of parents with transferable jobs
  • The exams are conducted in both English and Hindi
  • Schools following this curriculum have exams at the end of Class X and XII
  • Candidates have to appear for two regional language papers (but they must have cleared Hindi, English and one other language by the time they reach Class 8), and six other subjects.
  • It is recognised by all Indian Colleges and Universities
  • More information on CBSE at http://www.cbse.nic.in

Options for Homeschoolers: As of now, homeschoolers are not eligible to take the CBSE exams.

Cambridge International Examinations

Cambridge offers the learners following their curriculum, paths that they can follow from post-kindergarten through to university entrance (5-19 years). They have the Cambridge Primary, Secondary 1, Secondary 2 (IGCSE and O Levels) and Advanced (AS and A Levels) curriculum. Each of these can be used as a standalone curriculum or combined with any other local curriculum.

To take the Cambridge Exams as a private candidate, one has to register as a private candidate in a school in one’s own country (the school’s name will not appear however on the certificate issued).

This is the more expensive option available currently for homeschoolers in our country. Schools may charge extra to cover their administrative costs for private candidates.

The Cambridge curriculum material can be ordered from www.cie.org.uk/profiles/teachers/orderpub

IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education)

  • IGCSE is a curriculum primarily spread over classes IX and X
  • There are over 70 subject areas from which one can choose (Click here to see the list of subjects). Schools can offer any combination of subjects
  • At the end of class X there is an evaluation, just like class X exams conducted by the other Boards
  • These exams are conducted by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) twice a year, in May/June and October/November. Results are issued in August and January
  • After completing IGCSE (class X) children are eligible to join any of the boards for classes XI & XII. It is recognised by all local as well as international schools
  • The CIE / IGCSE website is http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/igcse/overview

Cambridge O Levels

  • This is an internationally recognised qualification equivalent to the UK General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE). Cambridge O Level prepares learners for the Cambridge International AS and A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U
  • Cambridge O Levels have been designed for an international market and are sensitive to the needs of different countries, especially for learners whose first language may not be English
  • Cambridge O Levels are no longer available for some zones. Many schools have moved easily from Cambridge O Level to Cambridge IGCSE
  • Universities in many countries, including Canada and the USA, will admit learners on the basis of their Cambridge O Level performances alone
  • They have some unique subjects like agriculture, environmental management, fashion and fabrics, metalwork, woodwork etc. – to mention a few
  • The exams are conducted in two sessions in May/June and October/November, although some subjects are only available in May/June or October/November
  • The CIE/ O-level website is http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/olevel/overview

Cambridge AS and A-levels

  • These provide a curriculum for a two year course of study i.e. classes XI and XII
  • They offer a choice of over 60 subjects (Click here to see the list of subjects)
  • Cambridge International AS Levels have half the content of the A Levels and can be completed in one year. Schools can offer the AS Level as a standalone qualification or as a precursor to the A Levels. Learners can study Cambridge International AS Level alongside other subjects to increase breadth in the curriculum and build further knowledge and understanding of other subjects they are studying at Cambridge International A Level
  • These exams are conducted by University of Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
  • They are internationally recognized and quite expensive
  • The CIE / A-level website is http://www.cie.org.uk/qualifications/academic/middlesec/olevel/overview

Options for homeschoolers: Homeschoolers in India can take these exams as private candidates registered with a school or through the British Council in some big cities/metros

Point to note: Kolkata is one such metro, where the British Council conducts the exams. The British Council at Delhi does not. If any parent knows of other centres or has any other information, please do let us know.
(We hope this community would be able to provide or find local support like home-stay options for parents who have to stay in Kolkata temporarily, if their kids have to give the IGCSE exams there).

IB (International Baccalaureate)

  • The IB programme was founded by the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) based in Geneva, Switzerland
  • IB offers high quality programmes for children from ages 3 to 19 and are very expensive
  • They offer 3 programmes Primary Years Programme (age 3-12), Middle Years Programme (age 11-16) and Diploma Programme (age 16-19). There are no exams till the Middle Years Programme
  • The IB Diploma Programme is recognised by universities all over the world
  • This diploma is recognized by all Indian colleges and universities
  • The IB Website is http://www.ibo.org

Options for Homeschoolers: As of now, homeschoolers are not eligible to take the IB exams as private candidates.

Matriculation Board

  • Matriculation Board is typically found in Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry schools
  • The syllabus is prepared by the Members of the Board of Matriculation Schools
  • These schools follow the Matriculation curriculum from LKG to Class X. After Class X (for XI and XII grades) they follow the State Board syllabus
  • Candidates, who have appeared once through a school, can appear for this exam again as a private candidate (in Tamil Nadu). Click here for more details.

State Boards

  • Every state in India has its own board and its own rules and regulations
  • The examination is conducted by the State Education department at the end of Class X and XII
  • These are recognised by all Indian Colleges and Universities
  • The Tamil Nadu State Board allows private candidates to appear directly for the SSLC (10th Std.) exam, if they have passed 8th Std. with English. Click here for more details.
  • The Tamil Nadu State Board allows private candidates to appear directly for the HSC (12th Std.) exam (those who have passed the SSLC or its equivalent) and also has a category for regular private candidates (those who have registered for the exam earlier but failed or were absent). Candidates from other states can also appear for the exams as private candidates provided they produce their migration certificates. Private candidates can appear only for the subjects not involving practicals. Click here for more details.
  • The Maharashtra State Board also allows children to appear as external students but most people do not choose this option as the child has to do three languages compulsorily
  • We need to do more localised research to find out about options available in other State Boards
  • Check this link to find out more about the recognized Indian Boards: http://mhrd.gov.in/recognized_boards

National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS)

  • NIOS is an open learning institution which caters to the needs of a diverse population of learners through open and distance learning
  • It is also an examining and certifying authority by itself – just like the other National Boards
  • It provides freedom to choose subjects and online registration
  • There is no pre-qualification necessary for any course
  • A candidate has to choose five subjects for which he/she can appear one at a time. A maximum time frame of five years is given to finish all the subjects/ course from the time of registration
  • It allows for transfer of credits (up to 2 subjects) from some other Boards
  • The courses offered are:
    • Open Basic Education (OBE)
    • (Secondary – leading to Secondary School Certificate
    • Senior Secondary – leading to Senior Secondary School Certificate
    • Open Vocational Education
    • Life Enrichment Programmes – more for self-development, although some certificate courses have exams
  • Printed self-instructional study material are given to registered candidates
  • There is no upper age limit for admission into NIOS courses
  • It is recognised for admission into professional courses as well. Click here to view the court decision in this regard
  • Some success stories of students who passed the NIOS and then pursued higher education or careers can be found here
  • For more information regarding NIOS, please check http://www.nios.ac.in/

Options for homeschoolers: NIOS is a popular option for homeschoolers because of the flexibility it offers in both admission and choices of subjects.

We hope to put together a separate article for Swashikshan (to follow soon) on the NIOS that would perhaps answer some burning questions that parents have. Meanwhile, if any parent has any questions about the NIOS, they could write to: Mr. Anil Nair, Coordinator – NIOS (A voluntary post), Trivandrum. His email id is anil_vs_usa@yahoo.com.

He has agreed to help us and answer parents’ queries on NIOS through email twice a week. He also has an online group for this.

Parents who can assist you with Board Exams for homeschoolers

Parents who would like to talk to other homeschooling parents (whose kids have given their Board exams) for support, queries and clarifications can contact the parents mentioned below. We would request you to kindly go through the article and links provided in the article and reach out to these parents with very specific queries.

  • Alice and Rajesh Lele
    alice[dot]lele[at]gmail[dot]com; rajesh[dot]lele[at]gmail[dot]com
  • Vineeta Sood
    +919845404153
    vineetasood5178[at]yahoo[dot]com
  • Arun Elassery and Kanti
    +919008166700
    arunelassery[at]hotmail[dot]com
    http://arunelassery.blogspot.in
  • Mimi Chakraborty
    mimi[at]yahoo[dot]com

These lists and the information that you find here are in no way binding or complete. We do hope some of you will be inspired to find out more, take on some research in this area and add value to this article and our own community’s resources.

While there is a whole gamut of boards of education here in our country, the current options for homeschoolers are few. The future though, does hold a lot of hope – for Swashikshan to perhaps provide a platform to join hands and get some of the Boards to be more inclusive; to perhaps co-create an alternative board of education in India; or any other creative solution that could emerge for our kids, as we go along.

90 thoughts on “Boards and Homeschoolers

  1. Thanks for this detailed article. Could you also mention the fees for each exam? These probably change from year to year, but if you could list the current fees for each option that would also be a useful point of comparison. Thanks.

  2. Tony

    Thank you for this article. It has started giving me some hope that I can also ‘unschool’ my son. I am completely disgusted with the way education is being channeled by our government, especially in Tamilnadu. Even after so many years we do not have a uniform system, nor enough schools, nor transparency in admissions … and I can go on and on. I am also in Chennai and I take heart that there are others already doing what was just a vague, but persistent, thought in me.

  3. Sohel

    Thanks for this useful post. What about the options beyond matriculation, i mean entrance tests like PMT, PET etc. Do they allow homeschooled students to appear?

    • R Jain

      Hi
      did u get answers?
      How long back was this question posted?
      Kindly guide if u can as i m also facing same questions..

      Great if u could call/misscall me on 9925771877..

    • Navin Pangti

      eligibility for most entrance exams in india is 10+2 so any homeschoolers who has secondary and senior secondary grades from any of these boards can sit for the exams.

  4. Kiran Jacob

    I’m also considering homeschooling but I a little nervous because I’m not sure how to go about it. My kids are 9 and 5 both girls. Please send me any contacts who are in bangalore doing the same.

    • pragya

      Hey Kiran
      I homeschool my daughter in Bangalore. Would love to get in touch with you. My mail id is pragyakothyari@gmail.com

    • Rooh Chowdhury

      Hi Kiran, Bangalore is very open to the concept of Homeschoolers. There’s a pan India group of homeschoolers on Facebook. You will find more than one option to look for in Bangalore.

  5. Nihal

    Hello. I’m 17 years old, and due to travelling issues, I’m trying to get homeschooeld. I graduated to grade 11th in CBSE school in Kerala. I’m planning to continue my studies in IGCSE syllabus. I dont know where to register as private candidate or where to take my exams. I also do not know how to do practical exams while I’m home schooled. ANy help would be appreciated. Thank you.
    Nihal.

    • Chi

      Hi.
      How long ago did u post this query? I am also looking for such options. Did u get an answer to this? We would love to know the answer for the same. Kindly reply

  6. Vidhya

    My older kids are 5 and 4 years old…they are at grade 1 and UKG levels already. I am searching for ‘homeschoolers in Coimbatore’. We have a moving lifestyle at present; I see the kids long to make friends with homeschooling children too. I personally think it’d be a good idea to keep them encouraged. I know there are many in Bangalore, so much that , they even have an association for the b’lore homeschoolers. Does anyone know about such in CBE?

    • Saranya

      Hi… I am from coimbatore and my daughter is home schooled. I currently live near Pollach. Please feel free to contact me at srisaranya.mohankumar@gmail.com.

  7. Syeda AMAYRA Fathima

    First of all, I would like to thank you for all the information provided.
    Highly appreciate the effort taken to ease the burden of parents looking for information on homeschooling.

    I want to homeschool my daughters who r in grade 7&8.

  8. Biman Roy

    Problem with NIOS(National Institute of Open Schooling) is that it does not accept student below 14 years. My son is unable to cope up with normal school’s load. I want to register him in NIOS. But he only 10, and has to wait for 4 more years.

    Any suggestion?

    thanks

    • Nivedita Karnad

      When ur son turns proper age for his 10th standard then u give exam thru nios. Till then just buy curriculum vise books frm outside….any newrby books store that provides books to school will give u standard wise books. Anyways it is not allowed in India to give 10th and 12th exqm prior to age…this is to the best of my knowledgedge

    • Omi

      Have you been able to find any solution of this issue?Do share.
      I have just started to homeschool my little kids and exploring the boards.

    • Please prepare him for his board exams.
      Home school him .for Nios …
      I will be able to guide you regarding how to tutor at home for Nios 10th .
      You can tutor him with appropriate standard books then with Nios text at age 13.
      Contact me for further details .9940081775

  9. Aman

    Can home-schooled kids go to UG and PG college in India?

    • Navin Pangti

      in the best of our knowledge most indian universities asked for 10+2 so homeschooled children would have to sit for these exams to apply for UG courses.

  10. Hello,
    I am a resident of Bangalore …wanted to do homeschooling for 11th and 12 how to do it … Can I get help regarding this.

  11. Yogini

    Hi,
    First of all thank you so much for giving such a comprehensive information about different boards and whether homeschoolers /private candidate are eligible to apply or not.

    My daughter is in CBSE school studying in grade 3. Once she completes her 4th std, I wish to try homeschooling for her till std 8th. and enroll her in school after that depending on her choices by then.

    The best way I could think of is, I should enroll for NIOS OBE

    OBE level B : equivalent to class V and
    OBE level C : equivalent to class VI-VIII

    Now my question is ‘Do CBSE, ICSE, IGCSE allow candidate who has done OBE from NIOS to enrol to their respective secondary exam?”

    Best regards,
    Yogini

    • Yashaswini

      Hi Yogini,

      Did you get answer to this particular question ?

      If yes, kindly let me know.
      Thanks.

    • Soumiya Sebastine

      Hi Yogini,

      U got answer for this query??? If yes please do share. Even I want to know more about this .

    • D Karunakar

      Dear madam,
      CBSE, CISCE (ICSE/ISC), IB, State Boards do not permit homeschoolers to sit for board exams. The only other options are IGCSE and NIOS. I dont know when you posted this question and what the child’s age is.

      Homeschooling is the best option and I am helping a lot in this for interested parents. Regular schooling in India is full of malpractices in admission, fees collection, forcing activities, waste of time in commuting (particularly in cities like Bangalore), unnecessary competition (even in the form of House Systems etc.) which are not good for child’s growth and development.

      Best Regards.

    • Smita Nair

      Yogini did anyone answer to u ,
      Please do share in common ,as I am also thinking same.my kids r in 5th n 6 th for 2 yrs I want homeschooling After that I want them to be admitted in CBSE or icse.

  12. meenakshi bakhshi

    Hi! I’m starting homeschooling for my 7 year old son from this year on. Any parents residing in noida/ Delhi I’ll be keen to get in touch who are following the same.

    • Neha chopra

      Hi I am planning to do the same…we should get in touch

    • Aayesha Agarwal

      Hi,lm also considering homeschooli ng for my six year old..l reside at vaishali..

    • Shikha Khattar

      Hi, I am planning for homeschooling my kid. I am not aware about the procedure Can u please help… I live in North Delhi

    • Anupa negi

      Same here. From Delhi

  13. Paul Jacob

    I would like to know about home schooling for Grade 1. I am at Koramangala Bangalore. Please let me know the details.

  14. muhsina

    thanks a lot for all the informations given above .i am passed to IX grade n i want to start homeschooling ,till now i studied CBSE and is there any difficulty for changing it to NIOS ? and also could i do that being in another country other than india?

  15. Nishita

    Hello,
    I am homeschooling my two kids since last 1 yr in Vadodara, Gujarat. Now we are moving to Pune, I would really appreciate if someone can help me with the homeschooling group there.

    • Chetan

      Hi Nishita,

      Did you find any parents doing homeschooling in Pune. I am also looking for home schooling options for my kids in Pune. If like minded parents can get together and can come up with creative ideas.

      My email address is chetanmaniar at gmail dot com.

    • Gaytri

      Hi nishita, I m also from Vadodara and seriously thinking about homeschooling for my 7 yr old daughter. Did u have homeschoolers’ group in Vadodara? If yes, pl let me know on my mail id. Thanks

      Gaytri

  16. harsh mishra

    I am a 13 year old home schooler boy and I want to be a doctor . I will apply for admission in medical college next year . so is this possible .

  17. Mohan M

    Hi Guyz,

    Home schooling is kind a new concept to me. As am trying to buy in this concept & move my son who is going to class 9 CBSE syllabus. If any of you could provide some accurate info about these concept schools in Bangalore.

    Am reachable @ 9502101231

    you can mail me @ mohanm194@gmail.com

  18. Omi

    Thank you Priya for this detailed information, however, I would like to know about the Cambridge primary exams homeschoolers parents opting for.As I have not been able to locate any school so far which takes in kids for exams during primary course.
    If any parent has any knowledge about, any school in India which allows kids to take primary exams privately kindly inform.

    • R Jain

      Hi
      I am from surat. Do we have homeschools in gujarat? HOw did you manage 10th, 12th and further college admissions?

      When was that?

  19. Sumathi Pradeep

    Hi,
    I have been reading about this home schooling a lot in the newspapers off late. Though I have not understood this concept quite well, I see and feel that parents can do a lot more to their child for their holistic development. My Best wishes to all the parents.
    I have been and am still giving complete academic support for school going children at my place in Bangalore for more than two decades. I am a Special Educator for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties and NTT. Any parent who are in need of my services, please feel free to contact at this mail id
    sumathipradeep@gmail.com /vrikshahalearningcentre@gmail.com

  20. I AM Sarang Bakshi and I have passed and completed my NIOS Xth board examination and passed with 55.8% now currently I am in 12th Std NIOS boards and I will be completing my 12th examination around 2018 so I want to know is NIOS is recognised and accepted in foreign universities and also I want to go abroad to do my

    • Savitha K B

      Hi Sarang,

      Please let me know if you have got the reply to the query.. I am also trying to know the same.. please share mail id or contact number, I have some queries..

    • Gayathri

      Please let me know how to apply and proceed with nios my mail id gayathriknnn1526@gmail.com

  21. Sanjukta nandi

    I am also considering homeschooling for my 10 years old daughter.she is now studying in class four.but i feel nervous.how to manage everything…..i dont know.i need help.is anybody there in kolkata who is doing the same….plz send their contact no.

  22. Sanjukta nandi

    I am thinking about homeschooling for my 10 years old daughter.who is now studying in class four in cbse board.is there anybody in kolkata who is doing the same.plz send me your contact no.i need your help

    • Sweta kothari

      Hi Sanjukta I am also planning for homeschooling my two kids age 9 and 5.I live in Kolkata do contact me as it will be of great help for both of us.

  23. Vikki Rathod

    Hi,

    I stay in Mumbai and currently my son is 5 years old. Next year he will be going to 1st Standard and I am thinking of leaving the school and proceed with home schooling. I have lot of queries and need to understand few concepts of this. If anyone in Mumbai who is currently homeschooling their kids or someone can help me with a short discussion would really give me some confidence on this as my mind is still bit confused on how it will work with respect to exams , competition and sports.

    • Singh

      Hi, im from Mumbai too. My kids are in 8th n 4th grade now (Maharashtra Board). Im exploring the options for homeschooling. Are you homeschooling your son now? Please get in touch with me.

  24. Shubhangi

    Hi All,

    I am in Puneand want to know more about homeschooling.
    Can anyone from Pune share his/her contact details?

    Thanks & Regrds
    Shubhangi

  25. Shweta Aggarwal

    Hello, I need information as to how to start homeschooling ? From where i get books and resources for paeticular grade ? And from which grade i can start homeschooling ?

  26. JANANI

    can my child appear in both cbse and stateboard examination?

  27. Rachel Shenoy

    I need somebody from Mumbai to tell me how to go about homeschooling​ and the Various exams/Olympiads homeschoolers can participate.Also with NIOS ,kids take only tenth n twelfth exams? Nothing in between. Daughter is 9 …5th grader

  28. Carmen Dsouza

    Hello
    Good Morning…
    I Wanted To Do My Daughter’s SSC Through Homeschooling Due To Her Health Issues.
    Any Suggestions In Mumbai?. Please Reply As Soon As Possible

  29. Poonam

    Hi ..My son is 5 years old ..I want homeschool him..I live in lucknow (U.P.)..Are there any parents who are living here and doing the same who can help me to know how do this ..!!

  30. Sheetal Gonsalves

    Hi my kids are currently studying ICSE boards vasai in Jr Kg and STD 5. I am thinking of home schooling.kindly guide me regarding this.Regarding study material for homeschooling and board exams .Thanks in Advance

  31. Amol Rajaram Zemse

    My son is 2 years and very sharp. I feel home schooling could proliferate his abilities which will be suppressed by typical schooling and teaching methods as I strongly believe current educational system is a trash and only money seeking businesses.

    My wife and me are heavily educated and also worked as lecturers and have taught many children. Even though, my wife is against home schooling methodology and willing to stick to so called ‘Discipline Molding Environment of a Typical School”.

    I feel very sad for my son as I really do not wish to provide opportunity to privately operated school money machines to make fun of my son’s life.

    I am working for a NGO of my own and wish to spread homeschooling in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai.

    Anyone can help; kindly connect with me on +91- 9892874620.

    Regards,
    Amol

    • Dsouza

      Due to shifting from gulf to mumbai, i am not able to find a suitable cbse school for my daughter close to my residence or either the French language choice is not offered. She is currently studying in class 8th in the cbse board.I’m considering homeschooling her for 9th and 10th. I’m nervous about how my relatives are going to react, will it be a disadvantage for college admissions and will she be able to cope on her own. Is it a complicated process?

  32. Shyamala

    Hi,
    My daughter is currently in 12 following tamil nadu state board syllabus.Due to health reasons she discontinued and appeared as a private candidate in 10th.Now she is in 12th and due to health reasons she wants to do her board exam privately.Will her appearing for the board exam privately hurt her chance of getting into a good college for her ug and pg.And will it hurt her employment opportunities?

    • amol

      not atall, she must have the burning zeal to overcome emotions.

  33. Rajiv Narayan

    We recently pulled out our son from CBSE (so called Waldorf schoo) and are planing for NIOS. There is confusion regarding the study material, we need the OBE C-Grade (for 8th standard) study material so that he can prepare and appear for the exams. On the other hand some one said there are no books for OBE…I am little confused, if anyone can help will be greatly appreciated.

  34. Dipen

    I am also looking for homeschooling option. My son is in 4(ICSE), Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The way they teach in school is just to finish the course as soon as possible. Also, they don’t complete the book as it seems lengthy to them.

    I am looking for someone who also do homeschooling and the procedure to appear in exams for each standard or 10 or 12.

  35. What is the procedure and registration to appear for CBSE class 12 board exam for students who opt for Homeschooling? And also how could they manage with practical sessions for physics, chemistry & computer science for the academic year.

  36. Srestha Das Choudhury

    Hi! I am Srestha I am currently in class 12 in West Bengal board,in science stream.
    I want to give my exams from home schooling.I will be glad if you tell me what to do? And how to do?

  37. Pravin

    Myself is a father of two sons. One is studying in Ryan International school in 5th Std, and other is not even completed his 4 years of age.

    I will be happy to provide homeschooling to my younger son, but have some concerns like:

    1. Will such a student be allowed higher education by board and universities after X and XII grade?
    2. Is there a way to do regular assessment on the educational progress as it is done in examinations conducted by schools.
    3. In schools when a student is living with several others he gets opportunity to play with others and this helps then gain confidence and removes group/stage fear. How can we achieve this for a student who is undergoing home schooling.
    4. Are there any meetups or forums for preschoolers where there is sharing of experience and guidance.

    I hope that you understand my concerns and will be very glad to receive information.

    I am reachable at
    8850335501
    pravinkemails@gmail.com

    • amol

      ofcourse

  38. Aayesha Agarwal

    Hi,lm also considering homeschooli ng for my six year old..l reside at vaishali..can anyone help me out with some homeschool group inDelhi/Ncr

  39. Aayesha Agarwal

    Can a homschool child appear for various Olympiad conducted through out the year.

  40. Jameela

    Hello, my name is Jameela Jabbar. I have done my Cambridge IGCSE O level and Edexcel IAL as a private student ( ie without going to school) from Dubai . I gave my examination through the British Council Dubai and now my family and I have shifted to Bangalore, India.
    I wanted to complete my degree from here so I recently applied in many universities.
    One of the universitites’ ( Bishop Cotton Girls’ University ) accepted all my certificates but now they are asking for my 12th transfer certificate, and since I have been home schooled I do not have one . I only have that of 9th grade but they refuse to accept that. Despite explaining the fact that i had been home schooled the university is not willing to give me admission.
    I would kindly like to ask you for some help as to what I am to do now, I have average grades and due to that most universities decline admission.
    If you could please guide me on what to do next I would very much appreciate it.

    Thank you,
    Jameela

    Email id: jameela1523@gmail.com

  41. Fatema

    Hi
    My son is in CBSE class one, he is 6 now. I’m planning to pull him out of school once he completes his academic year. I’m from Hyderabad. Please let me know if thereis anyone here following home school.
    You can connent with me on 9542163122. Mail: palanpurwalafatema.7@gmail.com

  42. srivijaya

    hi i want to know about homeschooling in bangalore. if i ask any query about the teaching in school; they say u are a teacher why cant u teach her. so i thought if i can teach everything on my own why to pay fee to school. instead i can join her in home schooling and i can teach her. now she is 7 and she is in grade 2. thank you

  43. SAMEER

    Hi wish to understand following
    Is it mandatory to complete OBE level (A,B,C) programs from NIOS or any school education upto standard VIII to appear in NIOS Secondary or Higher Secondary exams.

    As I understood now OBE level will be eliminated from NIOS.

    Also, does OBE level (A,B,C) programs students have to appear for exams to get the said certifications.

  44. Anuradha

    Hello, my daughter is currently in year 5 in the UK. We are planning to move to India and I’m exploring the option of homeschooling. I found this website very useful with a lot of information. I feel very positive about it. Are there any home schoolers from visakhapatnam that I can get in touch with please? Looking forward.

  45. Savitha K B

    Hi Sarang,

    Please let me know if you have got the reply to the query.. I am also trying to know the same.. please share mail id or contact number, I have some queries..

  46. Sayed

    My daughter is studying in 7th std SSC board Mumbai. I am looking for home schooling options for her. Can she appear directly for 10th std exams (ssc board) in March 2022 as a private student?

  47. Kuldeep Patnaik

    I am planning to start homeschooling for my Son of 6 years age.
    Seeking guidance for following studies at home and appear exams near Kolkata, Bhubaneshwar, or Visakhapatnam.
    IB PYP – Grade 1
    IGCSE – Grade 1
    Please message me with the school name of the school, where I can admit my kid in above cities as private candidate

  48. Surabhi singh

    My daughter is currently studying in grade 7 in reputed ICSE board school in Pune. I Want to unschool her from standard 8.Has ICSE board started letting children to sit for private exam?if not then is NIOS only option for homeschooling?

  49. Madhav

    Hello,

    I am residing in pune (pcmc area) & planning to homeschool my son age 8 yrs. Is anybody in my area who has opted for homeschooling ? Would like to get in touch with them.

    Regards

  50. bharathi

    I’m also considering homeschooling but I a little nervous because I’m not sure how to go about it. My kid is 5 years old. Please send me any contacts who are in hyderabad doing the same.

  51. bharathi

    I’m also considering homeschooling but I a little nervous because I’m not sure how to go about it. My kid is 5 years old.

    Please send me any contacts who are in Hyderabad doing the same.

    Also let me know the schools in Hyderabad where I can admit my son as private candidate.

    IGCSE – Grade 1

  52. Pravin

    I am very sorry to say, that on this site there is never a answer to any of the query. No one is there to guide any one.

  53. Kuntala chakraborty

    I live in kolkata.my daughter is 6 years old. Now she is in class 1.I just planning to start home schooling her.but i have know idea where to start.if anyone in kolkata home Schooled her kid plz give me some advice. I seeking guidance.

  54. Fatima munshi

    Looking for homeschooling in pune pls any parent from pune can help me for my child she is in class 6th icse board and i want her to do homeschooling. My no is 9175710011 or
    Email fatima.munshi80@ gmail.com
    Pls contact me

  55. KRISHNA K. PATEL

    give me full details about homeschooling…. I m from Gujarat..

    Waiting for your replay as soon as possible.

    Replay me so I can get knowledge.

  56. Roop

    Hi! I would like to get information for 8 th and 9th State board home schooling .Kindly contact me ASAP.

    sincerely
    Roop

  57. I’m in class 10 and next year I’m planning to do homeschooling but no idea how to do it or how to start with I want to become a ethical hacker.

  58. Pramod

    Hi Team,

    We are planning to homeschool our kid who is 6 years. My question is that if we want to put the kid back in regular school from let’s say 5th grade onwards how will we prove to the school that the kid has sufficient knowledge as there are no certificates to prove the same.

    Regards,
    Pramod

  59. Tarvina

    I am looking to homeschool my 4 year old. Can anyone guide me regarding the same. I am from Mumbai.

  60. B G Shenoi

    Sir/madam,
    I want to know more about any community like this in Bengaluru and preferably a contact number(mobile) to have a conversation.

    I am looking out to unschool my child who is currently in 4th standard ICSE

  61. Gaytri

    Hi nishita, I m also from Vadodara and seriously thinking about homeschooling for my 7 yr old daughter. Did u have homeschoolers’ group in Vadodara? If yes, pl let me know on my mail id. Thanks

    Gaytri

  62. AJAY A

    Hi, Currently as whole world is in pandemic situation. My daughter is in 1st grade currently, since school have been started online VLS/Video conference school. Due to some health concerns , I am opting out online school and school do not have any other option like offline school study and assess periodically so thinking to enter in home schooling at least till everything becomes normal (1 year or so) and till we all come out of this pandemic situation. Since then I made my mind to take through my daughter home schooling but lot questions and doubts , how/where/what questions are in unsolved in mind as below

    1. Is Home schooling valid in India?
    2. If valid how and where to register in Pune?
    3. Can CBSC or SSC OR ICSE etc board allow to take admission, If I wish to start physical schooling and take re-admission after this Covid 19 situation, say after 1 year or 2 year in above boards?
    4. Which board is for home schooling and how assessment and examination are conducted?

    Please help me or like me who also wants to go for home schooling in pandemic situation at least for 1 or 2 years.

    Regards,
    Ajay

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