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Taking attendance a tedious job, feel AU teachers

india Updated: Nov 06, 2006 00:17 IST
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Thanks to the huge turn out of students in the classes, the Allahabad University teachers are finding it difficult to mark the attendance of each and every student. Besides, they find it a tedious and time consuming job that affects teaching badly.

Many teachers of the varsity feel that one fourth of the total time of 50-minute for the period is wasted in marking the attendance and it is almost impractical to maintain attendance registers up-to-date with huge strength of students in the class.

The attendance system is applicable under ideal conditions where the teacher-taught ratio is as per norms. The teachers feel that much time is wasted in marking the attendance and this work should be assigned to non-teaching employees.

A senior and award winning teacher said that the whole system has become a joke. He said that a well laid out schedule for any particular subject should be adopted for the entire session. A time-table should be prepared and teachers must be designated for taking classes.

Any class not held must be accounted and the reason for not taking the class should be asked for from the teacher. He said that skipping the classes by the students is also due to the shirking of duty by teachers. The authorities must ensure that the teachers designated were taking classes. No department has come up with any record about the teachers not taking classes and only concentrating on the attendance of the students.

Dr DP Dubey of Ancient History and Archaeology said, "It's a tedious job to mark attendance of each and every student in a class having strength of around 250 students. However we are maintaining the attendance register along with the teaching work."

Meanwhile, the students have opposed the 75 percent attendance norm set by the Executive Council. The students said that the 75 percent attendance made mandatory was in the interest of the students, but with no increase in number of teachers and improvement in infrastructure, the students were the sufferer.A memorandum was submitted in this regard by AIDSO to the VC through Dean Students Welfare on Saturday.

However the Head of the Political Science Department, Prof MP Dubey, said that the department is maintaining attendance register and facing no problem as they have appropriate teachers and plenty of space to accommodate the students.

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