The Manipur government has instructed school authorities to take attendance of students for each period. Students with attendance below 75 per cent will not be eligible for any activity in the school, including examinations, an order issued by the state education department stated.
As per the order issued by commissioner of Education(S) H Gyan Prakash on Thursday, the decision was taken as students wearing school uniforms were seen loitering during school hours in and around places other than their school campuses without proper guidance/school staff.
"In addition to their security, it also indicates that the students are not attending their classes and are harming themselves by not taking advantage of the knowledge being imparted to them by their teachers in the schools," it stated.
The education department stated that the remaining 25 per cent attendance will be allowed "only with leave sanctioned on relevant grounds" through an application submitted by the parent.
It also requested the police department to invariably check for licences of all students seen driving motor vehicles in school uniforms.
"School students are usually below 18 years of age and are ineligible to drive or ride motor vehicles. Therefore, they are using these vehicles without valid driving licences. Police department is being requested to invariably check for licences of all such students seen driving motor vehicles in school uniforms," it stated.
School authorities have also been directed to issue photo identity cards to all students with their relevant details so that the students can be easily identified by their uniform and photo identity card.
"Principal/ school authority should ensure that the students do not leave the school campus during school hours without approval of the Principal /Headmaster. Students should wear their school uniforms along with school photo identity cards while they are in school and for other school related activities," it stated.
All teaching and non-teaching staff should remain within their school premises during school hours, it stated.
Principal/Headmaster should contact the parent of any student in case any student is not following the guidelines, it added.