Friday, 2 September 2011
Stop Recording Our Children
It never ceases to surprise me how many people are affronted at this post, yet are happy for all children to be digitally fingerprinted every day they attend school.
Locally, the new school campus has this equipment and when I questioned the janitor about its effectiveness in recording attendances, he muttered something about breakdowns and lots of computer input.
Some months ago I wrote about how schools may be breaking EU law using biometric fingerprints for pupils, but nothing has been heard from those who protested. Now a stronger group in England has joined with other organisations and campaigned in London yesterday to decided how they should take on a government which has not only ignored the issue of taking pupils' fingerprints, but has allowed them to pay for the fingerprint systems using e-Learning credits.
Scottish parents don't seem to mind if their children are fingerprinted daily without their knowledge and their fingerprints are added to a database.
This issue can't be allowed to be a nine-day wonder. Parents must be given the choice as to whether their children's fingerprints are forever recorded on a government database.
Good luck to those in England who are doing their utmost to highlight the matter. I would much prefer teachers to return to the daily paper record system of physically marking attendance first thing every morning (and these days afternoon too). That is also a teacher-pupil interaction for those who like to tick boxes.