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Biometric attendance measures to rein in absentee teachers

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Students aren’t the only ones who play hooky. Teachers are too, at least at India’s Delhi University. To combat this issue, the school is implementing a biometric system that will track attendance for both students and teachers.

The teacher absenteeism problem has been going on for quite a while. Predictably, the move towards a biometric system has been opposed by teachers’ unions.


Biometric devices are expected to be installed soon, although it wasn’t clear what type of system will be put in place. The most likely solution will be a fingerprint scanner.

The Delhi High Court had already given its backing to the program and the Executive Council of the Delhi University has given authority to the vice chancellor to decide and implement the program.

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Beginning April 7, State College Area High School students will swipe their student identification card upon arriving at school in the morning. Curtis Johnson, associate principal at State High School North, insists the new system will improve the accuracy of attendance records and hopefully raise academic performance as students won’t be able to fake class attendance.

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South Africa’s Department of Basic Education wants to cut back on the problem of absentee teachers in its schools, so it is planning to implement a biometric time and attendance system in its 24,000 schools nationwide, reports MoneyWeb.

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Around 12,000 employees at the Annamalai University will now have biometric identity cards, according to The New Indian Express.

In the first phase, biometric data and photographs of all staff have been captured and a database created. The second phase involves issuing the biometric-based identity cards. Its use in attendance management has also been inaugurated by Shiv Das Meena, IAS, principal secretary to the government of Tamil Nadu and administrator of the university.

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