Bhubaneswar, July 25(LocalWire): To tackle the issue of less attendance, the National Council for Teacher Education has directed all institutions recognized by it to install biometric system to track attendance of students.
The move came after NCTE found that the attendance of students was not being monitored properly by the affiliating boards and universities resulting in students with less than required attendance being allowed to appear in the examinations.
The teacher education institutions will now have to install the biometric system and keep an eye on the attendance of the appointed teaching faculty and students enrolled in different programmes.
They will also display the record of the attendance in their respective websites on a weekly basis for further monitoring by NCTE.
The NCTE in its letter, further warned that the biometric attendance equipment should be installed in the institutions by 10 August, failing which the the institutes will be non-recognised under Section 17 of the NCTE Act of 1993.
The directive also mentioned Regulation 8 (13) of NCTE Act, which says that institutions should maintain records, registers or other documents, which are essential for running educational institutions.
This includes capturing and maintaining the attendance of both teachers as well as pupils at the institutions.
‘We have forwarded the NCTE directive to the institutions.
They have been asked to utilise the available funds and start installing the biometric attendance system.
We have also sought an action taken report in this regard by the end of this month,’ a school and mass education department official said.
There are 84 teacher education institutions in the state offering different teacher education programmes including diploma in elementary education, bachelor of education, bachelor of hindi education, bachelor of physical education and master of education among others.