Understanding Aadhaar enabled Biometric Attendance System (AEBAS)
In the recent announcement of Karnataka State Budget 2018, wherein improvement of education was said to have received priority with 11% increased allocation compared to previous year, it was declared that biometric devices will be installed in 48,000 government schools within three years ‘to monitor teachers and students’.
Two years ago, in 2016, it was reported that, Aadhaar enabled biometric attendance system (AEBAS) has been introduced in Shivamogga govt schools. The system was said to have been adopted to ensure better monitoring of the attendance of teaching and non-teaching staff at (all 16) government (high) schools (in the district).
‘Teacher Absenteeism’ as being one of the issues plaguing the Indian Public Education system is often debated amongst scholars. While previous research indicate that India is one of the leading nations to have a large percentage of teacher absenteeism (more than 20%), a recent study by Azim Premji Foundation showed that only 2.5 % of teachers are absent in school ‘without a valid reason.’
While the debate continues, deeper understanding of the root causes of teacher absenteeism along with effective implementation of AEBAS can aid the process of improvement of education system in government schools.
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