In a bid to keep a tab on teachers and to prevent their increasing absenteeism from government schools, Haryana government has decided to install biometric fingerprint scanners in around 2622 government schools in the state.
“Many cases of teachers' absenteeism have come to light in Haryana government schools during the past few months. The situation is worse in the schools that are located in rural areas. There are cases where teachers come to school only once in a month to mark their presence in the register,” a senior official of Haryana Education Department said.
“This project will be completed by August. The biometric scanners are being installed under the centrally sponsored scheme for information and communication technology in schools,” he added.
Biometric fingerprint scanners would store the information about teachers like their time of arrival in the school and leaving the school. This scanner will read the fingerprints of the particular teacher and nobody could replicate them.
“These biometric fingerprint scanners are being successfully used in various institutions in the US and in European countries. Our Information Technology Department will maintain them and keep the records of every six months of all teachers,” the spokesperson stated.