Biometric Attendance System in Telangana Schools (Biometric fingerprints captured)

Telangana Schools - Biometric Attendance System

Biometric Attendance System will be implemented  in Telangana Schools from next academic year: We have many survey results saying that our education system is poor and children are unable to have minimum levels of learning.

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Recently we also discussed the reasons/factors that effect the education of a student. In those reasons one of the reason is teacher’s irregularity/irresponsibility not all but some of the teachers are resembling above words. As a part of rectifying mistakes and improve the quality of education govt planning to introduce the biometric system in schools. By this system teachers attendance, pupil attendance will be same as in the register no take names of pupil will be entered in register. By this system we can avoid the misfunctioning  of mid-day meal scheme.

First this system will be introduced in some schools and by achieving results it will be implemented in all schools. In this system all schools including pvt will be computerized and web portal will be arranged in the office of school education Director through online he/she will supervise/inspect the teacher’s attendance, pupil attendance, facilities provided to students. A new website is going to design where the information of schools, students, teachers will be available the distance and details of schools will be available in the form of pictures.

Already the details of students are connected by aadhar no the recognized schools should enter the details of students in this website and facilities provided this system may be implement from next academic year. 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.  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. On the other hand, officials say the new system will also ensure transparency in implementation of the midday meal scheme in government schools.

Biometric attendance in TS govt schools from next year (2019-2020):
Starting next academic year, students and teachers of all government and local body schools in Telangana will mark their attendance on a biometric fingerprint machine instead of the conventional manual system.

About 25,000 schools including primary, upper primary and high schools will get the biometric equipment. Already, the Aadhaar biometric attendance system was being used in 9,349 government-run schools in 12 districts across Telangana. Now, the Directorate of School Education decided to extend the system to all government-run schools and sent a proposal to the State government seeking budgetary support for installing the machines.

The department tied up with Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and Telangana State Technology Services (TSTS) for implementing the Aadhaar biometric attendance. One biometric machine was being provided for every 100 students, with managements being directed to record attendance of teaching and non-teaching staff twice a day morning and evening and for students, before serving the mid-day meal.

The attendance recorded on the biometric machines will be matched with the bills submitted by school managements to ascertain the number of students consuming the mid-day meal. As it is linked with Aadhaar, the managements cannot duplicate admissions, according to officials.

The machines and software were designed in such a way that biometric fingerprints captured are immediately verified with the biometric details available with UIDAI using Internet and is reflected in the dashboard of the School Education Department’s website. A software was being developed to transmit the captured details offline or when network is available in the schools located in remote areas.

Most students and teachers in schools where the machines are already in use are giving their attendance on it. The department sent a proposal to the government seeking budget for implementing the system in all schools from the next academic year an there were some network issues in certain schools located in remote areas with these being sorted out according to officials

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