Should College Attendance Be Compulsory or Optional

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Attendance Should Be Optional or Mandatory

Marwan Bin Salim Awadh Al-Yafai
ID: 201300829

Marwan Bin Salim Awadh Al-Yafai
ID: 201300829

Nowadays discussion of attending classes is one of more important objects in the
universities of the world especially. Most people believe that class attendance is
necessary for students and I agree with them.
One point of view is that the mandatory attendance policy imposed by colleges and
universities is useless and burdensome. The policy does not enhance students' school
performance as expected; it discourages independent thinking; it impedes on the
ability of students who must pursue "distant learning" outside the college campus. It
impinges on students' abilities as purchasers of education to study when they want;
and it does not allow students to make the most out of their time. An optional
attendance policy would enable students to get the most out of their time and their
In my opinion, there are many reasons for attending classes. In class, students have
advantage of eye contact with their teacher, of relationship with their classmates, and
of increasing sense of responsibility. In the paragraphs below, I will make an attempt
to consider each of these reasons.
Though, through technology advancement, it is very easy to learn any subject through
internet via video lectures or on-line classes, I strongly believe that university students
should attend classes. Students learn a lot from classes than they can learn from
internet and books. In classes they get advantages of professional and trained
instructors, of interacting with other students.
Professors want students to attend all of their classes so they can teach them directly,
but many students want to be given the freedom to decide which classes to attend.
Due to the difficulty of regulating a school-wide attendance policy, most colleges and
universities give professors the authority to set their own attendance rules. So the
conclusion of the subject is that student must attend all the classes and it should be
mandatory for the students to attend all the classes.

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