UP teachers plan to defy govt order for AI-based attendance

  • | Friday | 1st December, 2023

Lucknow: Face recognition system for attendance is practically impossible, said primary school teachers, who decided to defy a government order if the new artificial intelligence based attendance system was not withdrawn immediately. The system has been launched as a pilot project in six districts under which teachers have to register attendance at a given time through face recognition application on their mobile phones.Teachers in various primary schools across the state signed a dissent note at their respective block-level registers demanding to withdraw the system.A majority of government primary schools are located in rural areas where roads are in bad shape and transportation is a big issue. My primary school in Sitapur is located in a village where you have no option but to walk for 4km from the main road, said a primary teacher from Sitapur. She said the new rule says salary will be deducted or a teacher will be marked absent if we are even a minute late, which is unfair for teachers who make an effort to reach the school located in an interior and remote location on time.Another teacher from Bahraich said: Network is the biggest issue in most of the primary schools. Even if we reach timely due to massive network issue we wont be able to mark our attendance, in such situation pay loss is unfair. Teachers from Bahraich also complained that to reach their school they have to cross forests, ponds and bad roads.A majority of primary schools are in rural areas and teachers travel kilometres from their home to reach school. This system is impractical, said president of Rashtriya Shikshak Sangh, Anand Mohan. We also published the following articles recentlyTeachers body opposes directive to impose school culture on varsitiesTeachers in Bihar oppose directive imposing school culture in higher education institutions. Federation of University Teachers Associations of Bihar (FUTAB) urges vice-chancellors to disregard departments orders. Threaten to paralyze universities and colleges if order not withdrawn by November 30. FUTAB submits memorandum to governor and chief minister. Education departments letter to vice-chancellors demands teachers conduct five classes daily and deducts salary for non-compliance. FUTAB criticizes concept of academic functioning and attendance marking in higher education institutions. Points to defined workloads in university statutes and UGC regulations. Teachers required to stay on campus for five hours, with time for mentoring and research.Four drunk TN school students abuse teachers and headmasterFour students of a government higher secondary school in Tamil Nadus Villupuram district were arrested on charges of creating a ruckus under the influence of alcohol, abusing teachers and damaging school properties. The students, pursuing Class XI and XII, consumed liquor in a Tasmac outlet in Perangiyur before reaching the school in an inebriated condition. They interrupted classes, abused teachers, and issued death threats. The incident prompted PMK founder S Ramadoss to demand the closure of all liquor shops and enforce total prohibition in Tamil Nadu.Punjab education minister pledges to address teacher shortage in public schoolsBy March, all government schools in Punjab will have teachers, marking a significant improvement from the previous situation where 3,500 state-run schools had either no teachers or just one. The Education Minister, Harjot Singh Bains, stated that the number of such schools has now decreased to less than 600. In addition to this achievement, the government plans to equip all 20,000 government schools with WiFi by March and set up 10,000 new classrooms. The state government also aims to convert 117 government senior secondary schools into Schools of Eminence, with one already converted in March 2022.

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