February 16, 2015 -
Saudi Arabia’s ministry of education said it will float tenders for the new fingerprint attendance and leave system as soon as it drafts the specification handbook for the program, according to a report by Arab News.
The move comes after many Saudi Arabian school principals announced that they have installed surveillance cameras at school building for monitoring purposes and to impose administrative discipline on students and teachers.
The ministry opened the bidding process where it encouraged companies to bid on the contract for providing 45 education departments with electronic-fingerprint devices.
The ministry of education will conduct the electronic fingerprint system for attendance and leave in three stages, starting with implementing the system at the ministry’s new headquarters and all education departments outside the headquarters for boys and girls within a one year time frame.
For the second stage, the system will be implemented at the offices of education within less than three months of ending the first stage.
And finally, the third stage will involve boys and girls schools for all levels of study and will be implemented within less than six months of completing the second stage.
The minister of education established a special committee in charge of developing the required studies for the project, according to Muhammad Saad Al-Shathri, undersecretary at the ministry and general supervisor for financial and administrative affairs.
He added that the studies to implement the system will proactively address the various challenges involved in implementing the program within the time frame, with the main .challenge being the electronic linking of some remote villages.
The ministry will complete the application of the first stage within less than one year, with the second and third stages to soon follow based on the time schedule.
The cost of implementing the system will be announced only after the ministry of education completes the floating of the tenders for the project.
Previously reported, Swiss biometrics firm Touchless Biometric Systems AG recently installed 120 TBS 3D terminals units at Umm Al-Qura University in Mecca, Saudi Arabia as a biometric time and attendance system for over 3,000 employees.