Soon, bio­met­ric at­ten­dance for teach­ers in schools

Pi­lot project rolled out in schools in Per­am­balur, Porur

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - S. Poor­vaja

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.

Ne­ces­sity ques­tioned

“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

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