It seems that the Tories have finaly lumbered onto the bandwagon on kiddieprinting. Which is a good thing, but they are only 12 months behind UKIP. Nick Gibbs the Tory's shadow schools minister has, more than a week after it came out, commented upon the BECTA report on the schools fingerprinting scandal,
“This is long-awaited but very disappointing guidance. It is very weak as it neither requires schools to seek parental consent nor recognises the serious issues at stake with schools fingerprinting children simply for administrative convenience. The Government needs to look more carefully at the fundamental principles these issues raise.”Though I am pleased that they have at last noticed, these comments hardly fill me with confidence. There is no suggestion here that they are planing to make compulsory consent aong the Irish lines an aspect of their schools policy. Indeed to describe the BECTA guidlines as weak, and then to merely ask the Government "to look more closely" is pathetic. It is a pretty cut and dried case. Either you think that the mass fingerprinting of schoolchildren on spurious grounds is a god thing, or you don't, there is no middle ground.