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Why attendance should not affect marks at all?

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Well, this is a never-ending charcha and one-sided opinion will lead to the wrong conclusion. So, we need to have neutral behavior towards this question.

First of all, I cannot understand the logic behind the allocation of 5% marks based on attendance. Do you really think that an 18+ guy is not enough mature to make decisions about attending a class or not? He has the right to vote but no authority to leave those classes which are not at all productive since by doing so he will lose his marks.

Alright, academic record matters in one’s career. However, a study attributed to Harvard University found that when a person gets a job, 85% of the time it is because of abilities other than academics such as his attitude, records of extra-curricular activities, practical exposure he have and only 15% of the time because of how smart he is and how many facts and figures he knows. Surprisingly, almost 100% of education is concerned about facts and figures which account for only 15% of success in work.

Moreover, when we see the curriculum of Universities we will found that it is much outdated. There is only spoon-feeding of artificial intelligence, machine learning, data warehousing, big data, and such other aspects of technology in theory without getting practical exposure of them. Other reason for not attending classes could be the movement of students towards digital education. There are innumerable video lectures of expert teachers available online. Therefore, nowadays scholars prefer to learn advanced skills from those professors rather than wasting their precious time in those unproductive classes.

However, University faculties are of the view that education is an interactive process. It is extremely important for students to get their doubts clear in person. Also, with the advent of the internet, it is very easy to get distracted. Games, social network and other such distractions get priority overstudies. Moreover, they believe that only 20% of the student population is motivated to study independently. The majority are easily swayed towards distraction. So, to allure them towards classes marks are awarded for attendance.

According to me even though students attend classes at the fear of losing marks, but in spite of being present, their mind will on class dismissal. Also, I would like to ask those faculties that how many teachers are willing to take queries in person. So, what’s the point of such rules.

Therefore, if such restrictions removed from course curriculum then sincere guys will be able to fetch more time for doing internships, taking part in extra-curricular activities and definitely they will attend those classes in which they really get knowledge.


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