Department of Higher Education Clarifies Stance on 100% Staff Attendance

Department of Higher Education Clarifies Stance on 100% Staff Attendance

The Department of Higher and Technical Education has issued a clarification on the government resolution (GR) that was issued by the state three days ago making 100% attendance mandatory for teaching and non-teaching staff at colleges. “To complete the challenging task, 100% attendance of teaching and non-teaching staff is required henceforth,” the state’s government resolution said.

It is now being said that the requirement to have 100% attendance is not binding and that the institutions can decide how many of their staff can be present, including teachers from the examinations department who will be required for the upcoming final year examinations.

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Opposing the move, President, Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (MFUCTO), Tapati Mukhopadhyay said, “The call for 100% attendance at a time when the state is still witnessing spike in Covid-19 cases was unnecessary, and we are glad that the government understood our plight and clarified their stand on the GR.” 

Meanwhile, some college representatives have now sought the help of the railways as well as the Central Government to help in this matter. The Chairman of Mumbai Association of Non-Government Colleges, T Shiware said - “If at all any college in Mumbai plans to call their staff to work, the government needs to help us by ensuring that these teachers and non-teaching staff members will be allowed to travel by train to and from work.”

Despite the Supreme Court order, several staff, as well as students, remain sceptical about conducting an examination in an institution. The government has issued guidelines to make sure there’s adequate distance between desks while also sanitizing the premises at least two times per day.

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