The Ministry of Education (MoE) is planning to introduce the use of biometrics to monitor learners in schools
Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) head Kahi Indimuli claims that the new student identification technique would be used to track their whereabouts.
“The school children will put a finger and log in to show they are present. When they are going home, they log out, and the message goes to the parents.”Indimuli stated.
The technology will update parents on their children’s academic achievement, including attendance in class.
Indimuli made these remarks on Friday during the 46th Kenya Secondary Schools Heads Association (KESSHA) Conference in Mombasa.
“I am happy to report that the ministry is now considering using biometrics for students in our schools,” said Indimuli.
He noted that many parents and teachers have voiced opposition to the NEMIS identification system and asked that the government look into other alternatives.
He pleaded with the ministry to incorporate the existing biometrics system in schools with the new system.
Indimuli stated, “This will enable all of our students to be incorporated into the new system.”
This comes after it was revealed by Education CS Ezekiel Machogu that over 200,000 secondary school students have been going without their required capitation payments for quite some time.
According to Machogu, this was caused by the NEMIS’s poor student data collection.
He stated that this pattern may persist until all relevant information about these students was recorded.