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No school roll-call, kids check in with thumbs

Published on May 14, 2014 7:13 AM
West Spring Primary School pupil Hani Arianna Mohd Hafiz scanning her thumbprint while fellow Primary 1 schoolmates Saharnaa Mahendran and Albert Xiong wait in line. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

Schools are going high-tech to keep track of attendance and to alert parents if their children are late or absent.

About 50 schools are using smartphone apps or online portals to mark attendance. Another 45 schools use either a biometric or card system to keep a daily log of absentees and latecomers.

More schools are taking the initiative to install such systems in place of roll-calls to ease the workload of teachers and to better monitor truancy and latecomers, the Ministry of Education told The Straits Times.

In 2010, only about 20 schools had in place the biometric electronic systems that log attendance, the paper reported then.

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