Schools in two districts in Shanghai have begun issuing standardized, chip-embedded ID cards to replace the current paper IDs. The new cards will serve a variety of functions for local students and their schools.
The new IDs can store information about students’ exam scores, extra-curricular activities and health records, according to the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission.
“It will make it easier for schools to check student records when they transfer from one school to another,” said one teacher.
The education commission is rolling out the new IDs in phases. Students in Jing’an and Minhang districts are the first to receive the new cards. Schools in the other districts will begin issuing them in December.
Previously, students and schools in the city have had to deal with at least a couple of documents used to identify students. The new cards, which will be issued to both primary and secondary school students, will now be the only document used for student identification purposes.
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