Stepping up: Education department installs biometric system to ensure attendance

Published: August 28, 2013
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Officials claim it will soon be introduced in schools to ensure presence of teachers and students.

Officials claim it will soon be introduced in schools to ensure presence of teachers and students.

PESHAWAR: 

Acting on the directives of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government, working groups held meetings and proposed recommendations to improve elementary and secondary education in the province.

The recommendations include introducing a global positioning satellite (GPS)-based biometric system (BMS) to ensure 100% attendance. The system, which has already been installed at the education department as part of a pilot project, will soon be introduced in schools.

Officials said working groups consisted of educationists and experts who proposed reshaping the education sector to provide a better environment for students. While other suggestions were also pored over, group members focused on ensuring full attendance.

“It (BMS) will help obtain data pertaining to attendance of teachers and students. This is the first time such an initiative is being undertaken, but the department is awaiting approval from Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, who has been apprised of the recommendations,” said an official requesting anonymity.

The BMS mechanism will be followed by a file tracking system wherein all records of the education department and schools will be computerised. This will ensure availability of every record at all times.

Suggestions to revamp educational boards across the province were also made, but amendments in the board act must be made prior to their implementation, said the official.

Another elementary and secondary education department official said a policy is being formulated to set the criteria for promoting teachers based on their performance, attendance and grades of students. A teacher’s contribution to other education-related activities will also be judged.

“We plan to introduce a merit-based permanent policy for posting and transfer of teachers, because posting and transfers were done on political affiliation in the past. This will not happen in the future,” claimed the official.

Minister for Elementary and Secondary Education Muhammad Atif said donors were prepared to help the department install voice recognition systems to ensure 100% attendance at schools and education departments across the province.

“The process will be completed in different phases and will later be extended to other districts,” he said. The minister claimed a few commercial organisations in addition to donor agencies have offered to provide the facility free of cost.

“We are committed. If we are unable to find donors, we will not let financial constraints put an end to this project. We will execute the project by allocating funds for it in the next Annual Development Programme,” added Atif.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2013.

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Reader Comments (10)

  • Zaid Khan
    Aug 29, 2013 - 10:33AM

    Well done IK…Recommend

  • aftab khattak
    Aug 29, 2013 - 10:46AM

    Really good move.. It will bring uniformity in the duties of teachers & officials and enhance the presence ratio as well.I appreciate this step taken by kpk govt.

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  • Aug 29, 2013 - 11:39AM

    The article presupposes that the students will undergo bio-metric examination to ensure one hundred percent participation, but what about the teachers?
    If the TTP are on the rampage then only one warning will be sufficient to keep the teachers away; men and women. Good going IK. Salams

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  • NoOne
    Aug 29, 2013 - 12:54PM

    Well done PTI.

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  • Adeel Khan
    Aug 29, 2013 - 12:55PM

    A good step. There is also an issue of division of job responsibilities in permanent & contract teachers. A large gap in salaries but equal load of work creates a disappointment in young, enthusiast teachers on contract. In some schools i have also seen permanent teachers with Rs. 30000 salary giving all of there work to young contract employees with a salary of just 5000 to 6000. They work so hard only hoping they will get permanent by the reference of these senior teachers… Whole system is just a garbage..

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  • Bill
    Aug 29, 2013 - 1:54PM

    Awesome JOb KP Govt, Love you IK and PTI.

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  • Paki
    Aug 29, 2013 - 2:03PM

    Atlasta good news for KP, Thanks to PTI

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  • mamu
    Aug 29, 2013 - 2:11PM

    @the Skunk:
    What ever IK does…..you will always be of the negative view. Why are you so biased?

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  • Aalu
    Aug 29, 2013 - 2:16PM

    Geo Imran Khan…..rest be jealous.

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  • Faizullah
    Aug 29, 2013 - 3:44PM

    Proud on you IK. Appreciate, keep it up.Recommend

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