In a bid to promote sports among school students, the Maharashtra government has prescribed the state schools to reduce the bar in students' attendance percentage.
The move comes after the state witnessed a dip in the number of participants for the state and national level sports competition. According to the new rule, students from classes 9 to 12 who take part in sports contests at the state and national level will be allowed to write their exams if they have a minimum of 60 per cent attendance.
However, if the attendance percentage is lower than 60 per cent, students will still be permitted to write the exam if the education officer approves it.
The state's school education and sports department issued a government resolution (GR) earlier this week with a decision for all schools in the state to encourage students in sports activities by allowing them to prepare and appear for final school level examination with 60 per cent attendance instead of 75 per cent.
The GR states that such facility of 60 per cent is made available for sports students playing at national level sports competition by Central Board Secondary Education (CBSE). Now this facility is extended to those students who are participating in sports organised by central, state sports organisations and school games federation of India.
An official from the state school education and sports department said, "The state decided to make this provision for all schools in our state who will be participating in national as well as state sports competitions. If the attendance is below 60 per cent of sports students who are participating in sports then schools can allow these students to appear for school exams."