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Panel to introduce biometric attendance for school teachers

The MCD has constituted an eight-member committee to look into various aspects to introduce the biometric system of attendance for over 20,000 teachers on its roll.

delhi Updated: Nov 30, 2010 22:53 IST
Neelam Pandey

The MCD has constituted an eight-member committee to look into various aspects to introduce the biometric system of attendance for over 20,000 teachers on its roll.

The civic body’s move comes barely a week after as many as 18 regular teachers from the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) schools were suspended and 14 contractual teachers sacked for dereliction of duty.

“Additional commissioner (education) PS Tomar will head the committee constituted by commissioner KS Mehra. The committee has been asked to submit its report in six weeks,” said Mahender Nagpal, chairman of MCD’s Education Committee.

The eight-member committee would look into issues like how the project would be implemented, what would be the cost for it and how many machines required. “The biometric system would be applicable for teachers only, and not for students," Nagpal said after the weekly meeting of the Education Committee.

Incidentally, the teachers have been opposing the biometric system for quite some time as has been done for staff from other department since August 2008.

Although a proposal to this effect has been pending since December 17, 2008, it was never implemented by the MCD.

“Director level officials, sub-inspectors and other officials would regularly inspect schools without prior notice,” he said. It was after a similar inspection as part of the move to check dereliction of duty and absenteeism among teachers that the MCD on Saturday suspended 18 of its regular teachers, including a principal, and sacked 14 contractual teachers.

“As a result, the staff at MCD schools has become alert. Now, we do not find teachers residing at Ghaziabad or Sonepat leaving for home early,” he said.

At present, the MCD runs 1,746 primary schools with enrolment of nearly 9.5 lakh children.

It also runs attached nursery classes in 923 primary schools besides 33 independent nursery schools comprising 50,000 children.