CBSE sets minimum attendance criteria for board exams 2020

Chandigarh: Ahead of the board exams, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has asked all affiliated schools to send a list of students who have short attendance as on January 1.

All students without valid reason for low attendance will not be allowed to sit for the exams, the board has clarified. It has also been stated that all attendance regularization requests sent without following the “standard operating procedure” will not be considered. The CBSE has shared a list of documents to be attached with the reason given for short attendance.

In the circular issued recently by Sanyam Bhardwaj, controller of examination, CBSE, it was stated that, “You are aware that board examination will begin from February 15, 2020. As per Rule 13 of Examination Bye-laws, a student who has at least 75% attendance as on January 1 of the year of the examination is eligible for appearing in the board’s classes X and XII examinations.”

It was further stated, “Now, on January 1, 2020, schools can calculate the attendance of their students to take necessary action as per Rules 13 & 14 of the Examination Byelaws.”

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The CBSE referred to its circular dated July 18 for dealing with students having attendance less than the prescribed percentage and requested schools to again read and understand the circular and bring the information to the notice of their students and comply with the standard operating procedure (SOP).

Schools have been asked to ensure that shortage of attendance cases, if any, be complete as per SOP, and are sent to the regional office concerned for condonation of attendance as per Rule 14 of the Examination Bye-Laws to avoid any delay. “Accordingly, schools are requested that documents as per requirement be obtained from the student(s) and provided to the regional office for taking decision by the competent authority,” the board stated.

To ensure the importance of classes and attendance, the CBSE had in July prepared standard operating procedure for dealing with students having attendance less than the prescribed percentage. Also schools were requested to communicate information and rule position to students and parents.

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