February 4, 2013 -
Plans to install a biometric attendance system throughout the Vinoba Bhave University system has angered teachers, who have vowed to oppose the new system.
The new systems have been planned to monitor the attendance of teachers, and would require a thumb scan upon entry and exit of the school.
According to the Times of India, PK Jha, general secretary of VBU teachers’ association said the move was an attempt to divert attention from real problems afflicting higher education, like reluctance among student to attend classes.
Biometric workforce management systems such as the planned system at VBU are increasingly being deployed to monitor the attendance of teachers, and these systems are often met with frustration and anger.
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, teachers in government schools in India’s Andhra Pradesh have threatened to strike against a proposed biometric attendance system.
In Nigeria, there has long been discussion around the implementation of biometric workforce management systems in the country’s hotels, following the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation’s (NTDC) plans to create an electronic database of all hotel staff in a bid to curb criminal activities in the sector. Recently, Nigerian hotel owners came out backing the NTDC’s decision.