Soon, biometric attendance for teachers in schools
Pilot project rolled out in schools in Perambalur, Porur
The School Education Department will implement the biometric system of attendance for teachers in over 7,000 government and government-aided schools across the State.
According to a government order, the system costing ₹15.30 crore will help in curbing discrepancies in recording attendance. The project will cover 3,688 high schools and 4,040 higher secondary schools by the end of the academic year. Of this, ₹9 crore has already been sanctioned as a part of the first phase of implementation. While the system is in place in many government institutions in several States, Tamil Nadu had announced it last year and a pilot project was carried out in schools in Perambalur and Porur.
“When there are so many infrastructural necessities, what is the need to implement an attendance system for teachers first? Simply ensuring that teachers arrive on time will not solve the other pressing issues,” said K.P.O. Suresh, State president of the T.N. Post Graduate Teachers Association.
P.K. Ilamaran, president, Tamil Nadu Teachers Association, however, welcomed the move and said that it was a much-needed system to bring in discipline.
The Tamil Nadu eGovernance Agency and the National Informatics Centre are expected to pitch in with the implementation.
Schools have, however, been instructed to continue maintaining a manual system till the biometric system is in place.
Simply ensuring that teachers arrive on time will not solve the other pressing issues K.P.O. Suresh State president, T.N. Post Graduate Teachers Association