It is a big relief for higher secondary (HS) students. The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has decided to allow students to ‘self-attest’ important documents.
Students would no longer have to run to a gazetted officer or to the headmaster of the school for attestation. In addition, several documents which would have otherwise required affidavit would now require a self -declaration by students.
“This decision has been taken to simplify official documentation process. From this month onwards, the students will be able to avail this facility,” said Subrata Ghosh, secretary of WBCHSE.
The documents, which can be self-attested include certificates required for admission of students to higher secondary level, documents required for migration certificate in higher secondary level, documents required to be submitted for correction of HS certificate, marksheet or admit card. “Students and headmasters will benifit from this measure,” said Ghosh.
Also, some activities where submission of affidavit was a must will now be termed valid if they are accompanied by a ‘self-declaration’. These would include issue of duplicate registration certificate or admit card of HS students and issuing of duplicate marksheet and duplicate pass certificate of HS.
“Till now if a student required a duplicate admit card or registration certificate for HS used to be difficult. Most students discover that they have lost documents a few weeks ahead of the exam. Running to courts to obtain affidavits is time consuming. Attesting documents was an additional burden on headmasters. This will save everyone from harassment,” said Dipak Das, vice-president of West Bengal Government School Teachers’ Association.
However, the HS Council will have checks and balances in place. “If we feel that any document provided is incorrect we would reserve the right to check with original and reject if not satisfied,” Ghosh added.