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Attendance rules ‘bent’ for Part II

Teachers of government colleges are crying foul over the large number of discollegiate and non-collegiate students that has been allowed to appear for Calcutta University (CU) Part II examinations, now underway.

Blaming the principals of some leading colleges for the blatant flouting of the university’s attendance rules, they have petitioned the state higher education department and CU vice-chancellor Asis Banerjee. The university recently issued a circular asking all colleges to provide details of students’ attendance every two months.

According to the new regulations, all colleges affiliated to CU will have to provide details of students’ — and teachers’ — attendance six times a year, instead of the earlier stipulation of annual accountability.

Teachers, however, say the rules have been reduced to a farce. “Prinicipals are allowing students with attendance records much lower than stipulated to write the tests,” alleged Nationalist Democratic Teachers’ Association college and university cell secretary Benoy Bhushan Chakraborty.

All-Bengal State Government College Teachers’ Association general secretary Pradip Datta echoed Chakraborty. “Attendance, even in premier institutes, is way below the required level,” he admitted, adding that his organisation, too, had sought official intervention in the problem.

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