The government had earlier notified on September 21 stating that 100% attendance is not binding on the entire staff, and that respective colleges or universities can decide how many of the staff.
University of Mumbai (MU) published a circular this week stating that staff related to the upcoming examination session must be present in college as and when needed after the Maharashtra department of higher and technical education clarified that the 100% attendance rule for teaching and non-teaching staff of colleges is not mandatory.
The circular dated September 22 also states that the principals and vice-principals must remain present every day from the starting date of exams till results of final-year (summer 2020) examination are announced.
“During exams until the declaration of results, principals and vice-principals should not take leave, and teachers and other non-teaching staff involved in the exam and result process should be present at their respective institutes. Every college will also upload sample question papers on their websites and conduct mock tests for students in order to ease them into the online examination pattern.” states the circular. A help desk would be set up to fix the problems.
The Maharashtra government had initially published a government resolution on September 18 demanding 100% attendance from all teaching and non-teaching staff at colleges to hold the upcoming online exams for final-year students and make sure that results are announced in time. Teacher organisations from across the state shared their disagreement with this move due to the rising Covid-19 cases in the state.
The government subsequently notified on September 21 stating that 100% attendance is not binding on the entire staff, and that respective colleges or universities can decide how many of the staff, especially from the examination department, need to be present in order to ensure smooth functioning of online exams for final-year students.
“The latest circular only reiterates the examination process to the affiliated colleges in case of any doubts. Though colleges have informed us that the examination process is running smoothly at present,” said Vinod Patil, director, board of examinations and evaluation, MU.
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