EDU MINISTER SAYS Mandatory to attend lectures in colleges; biometric system for attendance
MUMBAI: The state school education minister Vinod Tawde on Friday announced that the government will not allow integrated coaching to continue from the next academic year to stop commercialisation of education.
While saying that attending lectures at colleges will be made mandatory from next year and bio-metric system will be used to keep a check, Tawde said the state will not take responsibility for those who still opt for integrated coaching.
In integrated coaching, colleges tie up with private coaching centres and students don’t have to bother attending college lectures. The issue was raised by BJP legislator Ashish Deshmukh. Replying to the debate, Tawde said, “Students who secure 96% marks take admissions for integrated coaching. They are charged lakhs. The coaching classes mark their attendance for the college too and based on that they get admission in class 12. But now this commercialisation of education will be stopped.”
“From the next academic year, students taking admissions for integrated coaching will have to be present at colleges for lectures. Colleges will be asked to mark the attendance through bio-metric system,” he added.
Tawde said the state will not allow students to appear for class 12 examinations who have taken admission for integrated coaching and remain absent at their respective colleges. “The government will not take responsibility of students who will take admission at such colleges,” said the education minister.
He also said that changes will be made to the science syllabus of Class 11 and 12 to get them at par with CBSE and help students who want to appear for NEET and IIT exams. The difference in syllabus has been affecting the prospects of state board students.