Addressing a conference, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said, "A national policy will be evolved under which regular schools will embrace distance education. This will make distance schooling more acceptable."
1 crore children in the age group of 14-18 years are currently pursue secondary education and 16 lakh are doing it through open schooling system.
Sibal said, "This number (16 lakh) is not good enough. It should be increased to about 70-80 lakh by the end of the 11th Five Year plan and should be 1.5 crore by 2020."
According to Sibal, if the regular schools could adapt distance education programmes it will upgrade the quality of distance schooling and make it more acceptable.
The distance education in schooling is offered by National Institute of Open Schooling. 14 states in India have decided to start their own open schooling institutes.