Bauchi ministry introduces fingerprint device to monitor attendance of teachers

Bauchi ministry introduces fingerprint device to monitor attendance of teachers

- The attendance of public school teachers in Bauchi will now be monitored with a newly introduced handheld fingerprint device

- Aliyu Usman Tilde, the commissioner for education, in the state, discloses that the device will address the menace of ghost workers

- The commissioner explains that the teachers are expected to record a certain attendance level each month in order to get paid

The Bauchi state ministry of education has disclosed that it will now monitor public school teachers in and out of their duty posts through a handheld fingerprint device.

Aliyu Usman Tilde, the commissioner for education, in the state disclosed on Thursday, January 9, that the device was introduced to address the issues of ghost workers, absenteeism and indolence in schools, Daily Trust reports

The commissioner said the device would also be used to monitor the number of lessons that every teacher teaches in a week, month and in a year in addition to qualifying them to be paid their monthly salaries and being considered for promotion.

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Usman explained that the teachers would be expected to record a certain attendance level each month, noting that anyone who fails to meet the benchmark would not be paid.

We are going to put a benchmark that will show that you were there. They are expected to go to work 23 days in a month. We may put a minimum of 17, 18 or 19 days in a month and anything short of that the person won’t be paid," he said.

“We now have the device in all the 219 secondary schools. We have had a case of a teacher who only attended his school seven times in 11 years. When I came in I requested for attendance register of various schools and the statistics there was not encouraging at all, 53.5 per cent of teachers do not go their workplace at all.”

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The commissioner stated that since the introduction of the system, teachers have been reporting to work before 8 am.

Meanwhile, amid controversy over its failure to comply with the directive by the federal government on the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), the leadership of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) on Thursday, January 9, met with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Legit.ng reported that ASUU has kicked against its inclusion on IPPIS which is a directive from President Buhari.

It was learned that while some universities have complied with the directive, some have not done so because of the position taken by ASUU.

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