By: Kartik Kumar
Nearly a year after a proposal to install biometric attendance machines in all government schools was passed, the education department is yet to progress with the pilot project which had witnessed the system being implemented in five selected government schools.
The system was to be evaluated based on the feedback from the principals and the teaching staff of the five schools. It was then replicated into other government schools later.
“There are no apprehensions from the department on individual government schools setting up their own bio-metric system. The schools can easily incur an expenditure of Rs 35,000.”
Kamlesh Kumar, director, public instructions said,“These are minor projects for which the department does not need to devote their expertise. We adhere to bigger issues. Additionally, the project was not a brainchild of the department but a mere formality to fulfill the wishes of certain individuals who wanted the initiation of this project.” Kumar added.
Reacting to the DPI’s stance, a parent Ritu Chugh said, “The bio-metric system ensured that teachers are present in the schools and are not marking proxy attendance in any case.
As such the system could be used for students as well; where they are required to mark their attendance in every period which will prevent them from missing the classes. Hence, it should be mandatory for the process to be prevalent in all schools across the city.”
For the existing users, the system has been a beneficial adoption. “The biometric machine has been functional since its inception, and has kept the attendance record of the teachers and other staff members. We had given our feedback to the education department which monitored the functioning,” Indra Dhingra, principal, GSSS-35 said.
Schools where the machines were installed are GMSSS-16, GMSSS, Sector 35, GSS-50, GMS-33 and GSSS, Maloya.