Uttar Pradesh Basic Education Minister Satish Dwivedi has made the announcement that students can now “put their thumb impressions between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.” The system would check attendance and bring down the dropout rate, the minister said.
The facility would also help check anomalies like bogus and inflated enrolment.
“The number of students enrolled in primary schools is huge, so, we have kept the timing flexible. The Panchayati Raj Department will ensure the effective working of biometric system,” Dwivedi said.
School staff will also mark their attendance with the biometric system. Dwivedi said that instructions have been issued to Panchayati Raj officials to ensure sweepers clean school premises every day.
“As an MLA, I have received complaints about absentee sweepers and pradhan forging their signatures. Now, sweepers will also have to mark their attendance themselves every day,” he said.