Biometric a checkmate for irregularities

The move believed to increase attendance of students and teachers.

By Author   |   Published: 2nd Jan 2017   1:27 am Updated: 2nd Jan 2017   1:30 am

Hyderabad: In a move that could bring out change in the attendance of both students and teachers, the State government has decided to install biometric systems in 7,000 government schools across the State.

The biometric systems will be installed in all Model schools, Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and select government schools in the State. The Directorate of School Education has set the deadline as January 31 for the installation of the systems.

The process of installing the systems, despite a budget of Rs 4.4 crore being released to District Collectors in July last year, was held up due to the reorganisation of districts. “We have now issued orders to install biometric systems in about 7,000 schools by January 31,” said G Kishan, Director of School Education.

In the first phase, the Directorate intends to install biometric systems in 25 per cent of the schools across the State. Though it is believed that this move would checkmate irregularities in attendance of students and teachers in government schools, a few organisations such as Progressive Recognised Teachers Union (PRTU-T), Telangana are opposing the move.

G Harshavardhan Reddy, president, PRTU-Telangana, said that the government had to first focus on implementation of provisions of the Right to Education Act before installing biometric systems or CCTV cameras in schools.

“The government should first provide basic facilities in the schools and monitor the schools through mandal educational officers and district education officers and not through biometric systems. A majority of posts of MEOs in the State are lying vacant,” he said.

On the other hand, officials say the new system will also ensure transparency in implementation of the midday meal scheme in government schools.