Vijayawada, February 17

The Andhra Pradesh government is introducing biometric system in all government schools and also in offices of education department.

This move is to check the daily attendance of students, teachers and school staff daily.

There are about 1.77 lakh teachers and 36.32 lakh students in the 41,834 government schools in the State. There are complaints about the improper functioning of the biometric system in several schools, particularly more in primary schools.

Teachers said the finger prints in Aadhar and biometric system are not matching. Stating that the finger prints have changed since the finger prints on Aadhar card were taken long back, the teachers suggested to take measures to avoid these problems.

Biometric System

The biometric system would be applied to educational programmes, mid-day meals scheme, free uniforms, text books, transport and other facilities. Aadhar linking process of students was almost completed.

The system is already implemented in schools in a few places in Guntur, West Godavari, Anantapuram and Chittoor districts.

Now the biometric system would be implemented in 40,000 schools across the State. The education department has issued orders to introduce the system in 4,680 high schools and in the offices of school education department commissioner and SCERT offices before February 15, under first phase.

During the second phase, the system would be introduced in 8,789 model primary and upper primary schools and DEO, IASE, CTI and Diet offices. The remaining schools will be covered before March 31.

The education department made an agreement with two private companies – Karvy and Enalogics – to fix biometric machines in schools.  CGG and AP Online has designed the biometric software for which the education department would expend Rs 85 crores.

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