Selfies for Attendance: Teachers Asked to Click Photos in Front of Classrooms Before 8 AM to Mark Attendance in UP Schools
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Lucknow, July 10: All teachers working in government schools in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki district will now have to click selfies to mark their attendance. Teachers have been asked to send their selfies in front of their classrooms to show that they are on duty. The official statement from the District education officials stated that teachers, who fail to upload their selfie by the stipulated time, will lose one day's salary. Reports inform that the District education officials have passed the decision to post the photographs on the Basic Shiksha Adhikari (BSA) webpage to mark their attendance before 8 AM every day. Yogi Adityanath Diktat: No Gifts for Government Employees in Uttar Pradesh.

Basic Shiksha Adhikari V.P. Singh was quoted in reports saying that the entire process of receiving and verifying selfies is being strictly implemented on directions of the Chief Minister and basic Education Minister. According to a report by IANS, the new system of uploading selfies to mark attendance was implemented in May before schools closed for summer vacations. Kanwar Yatra 2019: DJs Banned From Playing 'Filmy Songs', Only Bhajans Allowed, Orders UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

The report informs that over 700 teachers have lost one day's salary so far. Moreover, teachers found surfing social media sites during school hours will also face pay cuts. The decision has been taken to curb the racket of ghost teachers, a senior official in the education department said. He added saying that if the system works, it may be implemented in other districts too.

In Uttar Pradesh, it has been a practice since a long time where teachers 'sub-let' their jobs to under-qualified individuals who mark their attendance and also teach students. The offence is done in connivance with principals who also get a share of the money. Another official was quoted in the report saying that the Chief Minister has firmly stated that the education system must improve and more than the students, improving teaching standards is the need of the hour.