Teachers in government schools in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, are threatening to strike in protest of the government’s proposal to introduce a biometric attendance system into the institutions.
As reported in the Times of India, the state wants to implement the system to add accountability and discipline in a system where teachers routinely violate the mandate to spend a minimum of six hours teaching each school day. It’s planning to implement a swipe machine to replace a manual attendance system.
The system will affect more than 1 million teachers in 6,000 state-run high school. Teachers associations are against the proposal and say that conditions in the schools should be improved over implementing a system that could cost up to Rs 300 million.
Two teachers unions have threatened to go on strike in February if the government continues on with the proposal.
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