What is MSOS

MSOS is “Open School” to cater to the needs of a heterogeneous group of learners up to pre-degree level. It was started as a project with in-built flexibilities by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 1979. In 1986, the National Policy on Education suggested strengthening of Open School System for extending open learning facilities in a phased manner at a secondary level all over the country as an independent system with its own curriculum and examination leading to certification.

Consequently, the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India set up the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSOS ) in November 1989. The pilot project of CBSE on Open School was amalgamated with MSOS. Through a Resolution (No. F.5-24/90 Sch.3 dated 14 September 1990 published in the Gazette of India on 20 October 1990), the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSOS ) was vested with the authority to register, examine and certify students registered with it up to pre-degree level courses. In July 2002, the Ministry of Human Resource Development amended the nomenclature of the organisation from the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSOS ) to the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSOS ) with a mission to provide relevant continuing education at school stage, up to pre-degree level through Open Learning system to prioritized client groups as an alternative to formal system, in pursuance of the normative national policy documents and in response to the need assessments of the people, and through it to make its share of contribution:

  • To universalization of education
  • To greater equity and justice in society
  • To the evolution of a learning society.