Microchip gives staff the lowdown on pupilsCouple of practical issue here. Firstly unless the chips are placed in their underwear then surely just bribing/bullying another child to wear the clothes would short circuit the system. This will lead to an increased reliance on technology rather than teachers actually knowing their own pupils. Thus they look at their computer screen (in the classroom, they should be teaching you know, interacting with the pupils, not surfing the security net).
Children are being tracked by micro-chips embedded in their uniforms in a trial at a secondary school.
The devices are used to monitor pupils’ movements and register their arrival in class on the teacher’s computer. Supply teachers can also be alerted if a student is likely to misbehave.
The chip connects with teachers’ computers to show a photograph of the pupil, data about academic performance and whether he or she is in the correct classroom. It can also restrict access to areas of the school. The radio frequency identification
system is being tested at Hungerhill School in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Ten pupils began wearing a chip sewn into their uniforms eight months ago.
Quick check on the screen, "Oh yes Jonny 'knives' Smith is in".
Then Jonny, or the poor blighter wearing Jonny's clothes goes to who knows, the gym, to find the doors mysteriously locking, clunk, and a disembodied voice saying.
"Smith, you were banned from the gym last Thursday for inappropriate behaviour during not contact basketball class. Report immediately to remedial English"...."And Smith, we know where you are at all times, don't try anything funny".
Interestingly the head says the data is what is already in the schools system, but wait a minute, under the Children's Index there will be a hell of a lot on that system, not just proof that young Master Smith's French comprehension needs a little tightening up.
Each child’s entry on the Information Sharing Index will show:
Ø The child’s name, gender, date of birth and address
Ø An identification number for the child
Ø Parents’ names and addresses (or of person with parental responsibility)
Ø Details of child’s doctor, health visitor, midwife and/or school nurse
Ø Details of child’s school/college (or of education they are receiving if not at
Ø Details of all services* a child uses + dates when service started and ended
*It will also show if a child is receiving a ‘sensitive service’ but the details won’t be displayed. A ‘sensitive service’ is: mental health, sexual health or substance abuse treatment. Individual practitioners in these services will normally need the consent of their client/patient before putting details on the IS Index. Once they have been put on the Index, the local authority will decide who can have access to this information.