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Update attendance details online: Education department to schools

Online Education

19-Nov-2013

Times of India

KOLHAPUR:State director of primary education Mahavir Mane has instructed education officials in the division to conduct and submit the daily online attendance of teachers as well as students. Mane was in the city on Saturday for a meeting with education officials from the five districts in the division.  The directive came after schools in the division reflected a poor record in updating the daily online attendance system.  Earlier, the state directorate of primary education had introduced the online attendance sheet for every student between Classes I and VIII as well as teachers and principals in the state on a daily basis from the academic year 2013-14. Officials had said the system would keep tabs on schools that have good attendance and those that have poor attendance, so that immediate action could be taken.  Deputy education director of Kolhapur division V B Paymal said, “We have been asked to enlist the schools that fail to follow the directive. At present, only 5-10% of all the schools in the division follow the online attendance system. The condition is almost the same in other parts of the state.”  Officials in the education department agreed that the online attendance system has received a lukewarm response. “Schools are not filing the data on time. Moreover, the department has not conducted any follow up after the scheme was launched. In fact, many of the schools in remote and rural areas lack computers as well as internet facilities,” said an official.  The online attendance project was launched after the department found that as many as 17 lakh students were absent when it conducted a surprise inspection of schools in the state in October 2011. This had sparked a debate on misuse of various education schemes such as those that provide mid-day meals and school uniforms as many schools utilized the funds by showing bogus students’ attendance.  Apart from online attendance, the director also instructed officials to keep track of schools that are not following infrastructure compliance norms under the Right to Education (RTE) Act.  “The department has set a deadline of December 31 for compliance with the infrastructure norms under the RTE Act, 2009. The Kolhapur division consists of Sangli, Satara, Ratnagiri, Sindhudurg and Kolhapur districts. The division has a total of 15,147 primary and secondary schools, of which only 3,013 have been found to be compliant with the all 10 RTE norms such as classrooms, playground and kitchen shed etc. We have already asked the respective officials to send the latest data of compliance with RTE infrastructure norms,” added Paymal.

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