Schools blame slow internet for not updating attendance

  • Deepa Sharma Sood, Hindustan Times, ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2014 14:36 IST

Over 350 government-run schools in the district have not forwarded attendance records of teachers and students for July to the state school education department web portal. Of the 359 institutions, 150 are middle schools, 119 are high schools and 90 senior secondary schools. There are 192 middle, 186 high and 148 senior secondary schools in the district.

All the schools were asked to forward the attendance details to the portal. However, school officials have blamed poor internet connectivity for the lapse. Most of the middle schools do not even have computers.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a government school principal said: “In addition to frequent power outages the internet often doesn’t work, which causes delay in forwarding the attendance records to the web portal”.

A school teacher, who asked not to be named said: “Our school had four computers, all of which were stolen in May. Since then we’ve been unable to forward attendance details to the portal. Though we had informed the authorities concerned about the theft we’ve yet to get the replacements.”

“Action will be taken against schools that are not forwarding attendance details to the school education department,” district education officer (secondary) Paramjit Kaur Chahal said.

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