SHC orders bio-metric attendance in all govt colleges

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Hyderabad—The Sindh High Court (SHC) Wednesday ordered to introduce the bio-metric attendance system in all the government colleges in Sindh, providing only two months to the government to accomplish the task.
The Hyderabad Circuit Bench of justice Salahuddin Panhwar and justice Muhammad Iqbal Mehar during the hearing emphasized on the importance of the system.
“The object (is) to overcome the issue of late coming and unauthorized absence of officials, particularly the teachers, because such absence may cost an irreparable loss to a student” the order read.
“This should result in improving the standard which one cannot achieve unless unauthorized absence or late coming are ignored despite marking even through biometric system,” it added.
Responding to the bench’s inquiry, Sindh Secretary Colleges stated that the bio-metric attendance system had not been launched so far to record attendance of the college teachers and other staff.
He apprised the court that there were 279 government colleges in the province including 146 colleges for boys, 116 for girls and 17 offer co-education. Meanwhile, the acting Chief Secretary Rizwan Ahmed Memon, who is the senior Member Board of Revenue, shared details about the enrollment of students in the government schools.
According to him, 1,611,914 boys and 1,027,413 girls were enrolled in 41,718 primary schools in the province while 471,279 boys and 334,835 girls were enrolled in the secondary schools.
Similarly, in the high schools some 220,662 boys and 119,660 girls were enrolled, he added. The acting chief secretary requested the court to give him time to prepare and submit a mechanism for addressing both the problems.—APP