September 8, 2008 12:49:44 am
The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC)-run schools will be the first of their kind in the country to go paperless. The corporation plans to install Biometric Attendance System in all its schools.
Though in terms of infrastructure, such as proper benches and blackboards, the schools still have to go a long way, the machines will certainly be one up on the posh private schools in the city.
The technological drive will be enforced in all the 115 schools in the city. As part of the drive, the computer system in the schools will also be upgraded, complete with Internet facility. Incidentally, this system is being enforced when there is a deteriorating attendance among teachers, supportive staff and students.
“It is difficult to control the entry and exit timings of the teachers and other workers in the schools. We have supervised many schools and found that the staff came late to the schools, which consequently led to a lack of interest among the students, leading to their low attendance,” said Mehul Zavri, school board chairman.
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He said the manual attendance system was replete with flaws. Many teachers manipulated the roster and marked their presence even on days they were absent. “But now with the computerised system, every late arrival and early exit from the school hours will lead to a salary cut. This is the only solution towards improvement,” he added.
Each machine costs over Rs 12,000 and the project will entail a budget of Rs 11 lakh.
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