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Emirates ID system lets parents keep tabs on their children

Friday, May 4, 2012

Parents in the capital city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, can now keep tabs on their children’s academic records with the swipe of their Emirates ID card.

A smart card reader installed by the Abu Dhabi Education Council at both state schools and private schools that follow the national curriculum enables parents to access a database of their children’s academic history, attendance record, test scores and medical records. They can also track their children’s school assignments and check on holiday dates from home.

Called the Parent Assistant System, it was launched to increase communication between the home and school.

One council official said the system is meant to encourage parents to become more involved in their children’s school activities. “If your daughter or son has a test or you need to find out what the report says, you can do it at home or when at work,” the official said. “You do not need to go to school every time.”

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Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has signed a new bill that’s intended to deter identify thieves, as well as quell concerns from parents.

House Bill 1076, signed last month, mandates that public school students in Louisiana will receive unique identification numbers to replace the Social Security numbers, which are currently on students’ academic files. The bill was drawn into the debate following the fear that student information forms that accompany the state’s Common Core tests would be vulnerable to data breaches.

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In Georgia, Chattooga County School officials are planning to use new student ID cards to help track students as they board and depart school buses.

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The use of biometrics in schools is a hot-button issue, and one that raises significant concerns over the privacy and civil rights of young people. When conducted without the express consent of students – and more importantly their parents and guardians – the results can be disastrous. Just ask the folks at the Polk County School District.

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The Pathum Thani Provincial Administration Organization (PAO) has issued a new electronic identification card for students that will enable the school to send SMS text notification directly to parents if their student skips class.

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