The education authority of China has revealed plans to assign every primary and secondary student in the country with a unique ID number.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has ordered its disparate, provincial education departments to work with public security authorities to verify student IDs in their respective jurisdictions. The new initiative will begin with students that are soon to graduate from primary, junior and senior high schools.
According to the Global Post, the change over will take place over time, beginning with a cycling out of duplicate and invalid IDs. After the old credentials have been removed the Ministry will assemble and organize student data in a nationwide database.
Ministry of Education officials have stated that the database will help track students who migrate between provinces with their parents, as well as and those who are left at home by parents who travel for jobs, in an effort to better provide care and services to these children.
The database will also improve management of student aid programs, including nutrition programs and financial subsidies.
The country has also seen a rise in corruption resulting from enrollment into premier schools. For this reason, the new student ID database is also expected to help education authorities better control school enrollment irregularities.