- By: Sreejata Raychaudhuri, Rajat Thawani
On every schedule and every timetable in medical colleges all over India there is one line written in bold, “75% of attendance in a subject for appearing in the examination is compulsory.” 1
Attendance is a major factor in deciding whether students can even sit final examinations at the end of the year. Is this compulsory attendance rule necessary? In my opinion it isn’t, and it puts an unnecessary burden on students.
Some students are willing to attend classes. There is always a group of diligent and hardworking students who make the effort to learn as much as possible during classes. However, these motivated students are rare.
If a student doesn’t want to pay attention and learn during a lecture it is practically impossible to force them to do so. Many students depend on friends covering for them by signing them into an attendance register—so called “proxy attendance.”