BOSE goes tough against absenteeism in schools

There seems to be no escape now for the students of class 10 and 12th who often remain absent from their schools.

There seems to be no escape now for the students of class 10 and 12th who often remain absent from their schools.

A day after education minister ordered cancellation of admission of students for remaining absent for 10 consecutive days, JK Board of School Education (BOSE) has issued a public notice to the students asking them to stick to "the prescribed attendance" in their schools.

"In case any student who is found absent from the classes for 10 days continuously in coming months, he/she shall in no case be eligible to sit in the annual regular examination likely to be conducted in October–November this year. His/her permission-cum-admission form shall be treated as cancelled simultaneously," reads the notice issued by BOSE on Wednesday.

The public notice was issued in the wake of reports about continuous absenteeism by students in their schools after completion of their registration process for the exams.

BOSE has stated that the students who fall under 'shortage' cases will be declared ineligible and barred from appearing in the annual examinations.

"All the heads of the institutions have been informed by the Board office to submit the list of all such candidates who are facing shortage in attendance to the Board one month prior to the conduct of the examinations," reads the notification.

Meanwhile, the students falling in 'shortage' cases are being denied admit cards for their T1 exams to be conducted in schools.

"We have not issued roll number slips for T1 exams to the students with shortage cases," said Qazi Romana, Principal Kothi Bagh Girls Higher Secondary School.

She said the T1 exams for class 10 and 12 are likely to commence from June 27, however students having 65 percent or above attendance since March will be allowed to sit in the exams.

"But students with genuine cases may be considered and we may take a lenient view," she said.

She said the school will submit list of shortage cases to BOSE one month or 20 days prior annual examination. "We made students understand that it is just a registration form and they should attend the classes," Qazi Romana said. "Now the attendance is increasing day by day again in the school."

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