Tamil Nadu government school teachers oppose biometric attendance system
Sengottaiyan said all government schools in the state will get the biometric attendance system this year at a cost of Rs. nine crores. He also said that school children will get smart identity cards linked their Aadhar number.india Updated: Jun 03, 2018 20:44 IST
Government school teachers in Tamil Nadu on Sunday urged the administration to roll back a decision to introduce biometric attendance for them that the state’s school education minister K A Sengottaiyan announced earlier in the day.
Sengottaiyan said all government schools in the state will get the biometric attendance system this year at a cost of Rs. nine crores. He also said that school children will get smart identity cards linked their Aadhar number.
“In order to take the school education department to next level, the Government will soon implement the biometric attendance system for the school teachers. Likewise, the smart ID cards which are to be provided for the students would help parents keep track of their children. In case, students play truant, SMS will be sent to the parents,” Sengottaiyan said.
The Government has not revealed the date when the biometric attendance system will come into effect as the tender process is yet to be completed. But the government is keen to implement the new attendance system in this academic year.
According to the officials with the school education department, about 57,583 schools in the State will get the biometric attendance devices. “About 3.90 Lakh teachers working in the Primary, Middle, High School and Higher Secondary schools will have to use this biometric attendance system for the first time in the State” an official said.
But the teachers are simply not happy about the biometric attendance system.
N Rengarajan, Deputy General Secretary, Tamil Nadu Elementary School Teacher Federation, questioned the necessity of setting biometric attendance system when other government departments are doing without it.
“While many Government offices do not having any such arrangement, why is the school education department rushing to implement it in the Government Schools? The Government should take back the decision” Rengarajan said.