Gujarat schools to use biometric system to tackle absenteeism (Lead)

June 7th, 2009 - 6:17 pm ICT by IANS  

Narendra Modi Gandhinagar, June 7 (IANS) To curb rising absenteeism among teachers and student dropout numbers, the Gujarat government has ordered that biometric system be installed in state-run primary schools to mark the attendance of teachers and students, an official in the chief minister’s office said Sunday.
The move comes after a directive issued by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to the chiefs of all seven municipal corporations in the state. It aims to completely revamp the educational system, the official said.

In the directive, Modi has stated that the schools have to start looking for a software that records the attendance of teachers and students using biometrics. However, no deadline for installing the software has been mentioned, the official added.

The state government would monitor the attendance of teachers and students on a daily basis not only to check the dropout rate but also whether teachers are regularly present in schools. The biometric attendance data would have to be uploaded on to the websites by the municipal school authorities on a daily basis.

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