CBSE Board Instructs Schools to Submit Attendance Reports

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The Central Board of Secondary Education has put forth new norms to monitor the attendance of students studying in its affiliated schools.

The CBSE board has put in place strict rules to deal with the cases of short attendance of students in all its affiliated schools. In this regard, the Board has issued a new instruction to the schools according to which now the schools will have to submit the attendance report of students to the Board. The Board will then take the final decision on allowing students to appear in board exams.

According to board officials, an analysis of the 2019 result indicated that students with low attendance performed poorly in the examinations, which made CBSE to take strict action against the same. Board has developed the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for dealing with low attendance cases.

As per CBSE norms, exemption will be given to students on account of prolonged illness, loss of mother or father, authorised participation in sports in national or international level, or for any other reasons of similar nature. In each academic session, schools will have to compile the attendance by 1stJanuary and identify the cases of short attendance. The cases along with supporting documents have to be sent to the Regional Office of CBSE by the 7th of January.

In all cases, schools will have to submit the attendance report to board along a request letter from parents, certificates issued by the competent authority and recommendation of school concerned in the required pro forma while seeking exemptions in attendance. As per the CBSE officials, all further information and any deficiency in documents will be communicated by the regional office to the schools. Schools will have to fulfil the requirements before predefined deadline. February 7 will be the last date for all approvals by CBSE.

Actually, the Rule 13 of the Examination Bye-Laws of the Board specifies the attendance requirements for a student to be eligible to appear for CBSE Class 10, 12 examinations. On the other hand, the Rule 14 of the Examination Bye-laws states the percentage of attendance up to which it can be considered for condonation.

However, in past, it was observed that students, parents and schools were not following these attendance rules strictly. Schools are also not sending all cases of short attendance to the CBSE. Students with low attendance were observed to have performed poorly in board examinations. So, to deal with the situation, board has prepared SOPs to ensure the importance of the classes and the attendance is taken seriously which will ultimately help in improving the board results.

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