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Attendance in public domain to avoid protests over funds

- Schedule of students attending schools to be put up on notice boards every month to enlighten parents

The education department would put up students’ attendance on notice boards of respective schools every month from the coming academic session.

This is aimed at keeping a check on attendance of students and informing parents about their wards’ performance.

The attendance of students studying in government schools every month would be put up on the notice boards so that parents can know the attendance.

The academic session in government schools starts from April.

On the idea behind the drive, education department principal secretary Amarjeet Sinha said: “Attendance of students in government schools would be displayed for public notice every month so that parents know about their wards’ attendance.”

The aim was to make parents aware whether their children were attending classes or not.

During the fund distribution of different welfare schemes carried out in December, the education department had to face protests from parents and children because under the rules students having attendance above 75 per cent were entitled to benefits under the government schemes.

Sinha said the new step would bring transparency in the attendance system so that parents know about their children’s attendance every month.

The education department between December 16 and 31, with an aim to check fake enrolment of students in government schools to avail the schemes such as cycles, uniforms and scholarships, the education department organised scheme disbursement camps where funds were distributed among students.

To avail the funds under the schemes, students’ 75 per cent attendance was mandatory.

The attendance was counted from April 1, 2013 to September 30, 2013.

However, during the distribution of funds for the welfare schemes, some parents and children whose attendance was less than 75 per cent protested claiming that the school administration was not fair in fixing the attendance of students.

According to education department sources, if there are 20 working days in a month, attendance of all students studying in school will be put up at the notice board.

Moreover, if a student’s attendance is less than 60 per cent for more than two months, the school administration would called the parents.

Welcoming the decision, Jagdish Sao, father of Soni Kumari, a student of Shastri Nagar Government School said: “The idea is good. But its success would be seen only if the school administrations sincerely follow the directive.”

Upbeat over the attendance of students in government schools as per the annual status of education report, which showed improvement, the education department is planning to introduce the new system to make further improvement in the already existing attendance module.

According to the annual status of education report in 2011, the average attendance of students from classes I to VIII was 49.1 per cent, in 2012 the average attendance was 55.5 per cent, while in 2013 it rose to 58.2 per cent.

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