Hyderabad: Every school-going child in Telangana, starting from the next academic year in June, will have an identity of his or her own in government registers, in the form of a unique number.
Different from the Aadhaar number, this unique ID number is being allotted to every student in government, local body and private schools so that the government can keep a track on dropouts and on students who shift from one school to the other. The concept, to be called the Student Tracking System, is being planned by the Directorate of School Education (DSE) and will be an online system, which means the academic whereabouts of every student in the State will be available just by a click.
This is being done to ascertain the number of students shifting from government schools to residential education system or private schools or from private to government schools in the State.
For example, if a student takes a transfer certificate from a government school and joins a residential or private school, the authorities concerned have to enter the unique ID number for admission. Thereby a student can be tracked to government or private schools. Those who cannot be tracked to any institution will be considered as dropouts.
Status of dropouts
Currently, there is no mechanism that can track the transfer of students or dropouts. “We do not know how many students are migrating from government to private and private to government schools. The new system will help us track students besides the number of out-of-school children,” a senior official said.
The unique number is likely to be linked with the Aadhaar-based enrollment system besides biometric attendance which is already being implemented in all schools in the State. About 96 per cent of the students enrolled in the schools have submitted their Aadhaar details to the department. This apart, Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system is being used in 9,349 government-run schools in 12 districts. About 25,000 schools, including primary, upper primary and high schools will get the biometric equipment in the next academic year. Students have to give their attendance once before consuming the mid-day meal, while it is twice for teachers, i.e. in the morning and evening.
The machines are designed in a way that biometric fingerprints captured are immediately verified with the biometric details available with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) using the internet and it is reflected in the dashboard of the DSE’s website.