This could set off a controversy over freedom and privacy but the students of Love Dale Central School will have to wear a radio frequency tag around their necks so that schools and parents can keep track of them all day. A ‘pioneering’ practice, perhaps, since more animals than people have been marked out for tracking until now.
The card called Keeptrack will have all the information at regular intervals be sent as an SMS as when he or she left school. At school the same mechanism will will serve as an identity card and help keep tabs on attendance, academic performance as well as movements.
The school says that the system is affordable and was needed for children’s safety and security given the long distances they have to commute to get to school and back home.
How it works: Students wear the RFID device — a card with a chip and a unique identification tag — around their neck. A reader installed at the school records a student’s arrival, and subsequent movements, passing it on to a central computer. Messages are then generated automatically and sent to parents and others.