COIMBATORE: A total of 60 government schools here will soon get biometric attendance systems for teachers. Officials in the school education department said they had asked for biometric systems for 60 schools in the Coimbatore revenue district, which comprises four educational districts, in the first phase.
An official said they were in the process of short-listing the 60 schools. They had not segregated schools as high schools or higher secondary schools for the purpose, but only those with the required facilities, said officials.
“We are looking for school which have adequate hardware facilities such as computers and also good network connectivity, so that once the biometric systems are given, the process could be started at once,” said the official.
“Some schools may already be having facilities such as smart classrooms, it would be easier for us to install the systems in such schools. So we are also including their names,” said the official.
The department has finalised around 40 schools which have the necessary facilities. “We would finalise the rest 20 schools soon and would send the complete list to the directorate of school education,” the official added.
On November 15, officials of the directorate of school education held a meeting with the officials at the district chief education office through video-conferencing, where the district officials had asked for biometric systems for 60 schools.
The state had recently said in an order that a total of 7,728 government and government-aided schools would get the biometric attendance system for teachers. Of these, 3,688 are high schools and 4,040 are higher secondary schools.