Call for imposing fingerprint attendance system on KU students
KUWAIT CITY, March 27: Central Inspection Department of Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) recently started distributing to all of its inspectors a device that tracks the location of the inspectors and assists them in their work, reports Aljarida daily quoting informed sources from the authority.
They explained that these devices will help the inspectors to follow up the extent by which the private sector companies and oil institutes are committed to Law No. 6/2010 and the relevant decisions. The devices are machines that look like iPads and have GPS installed in them with maps of Kuwait. They are linked with the fingerprint system that proves the inspector was present at a particular location.
The sources said these devices uphold the rights of companies by preventing malicious complaints and maintaining transparency.
They revealed that the total number of devices that were distributed is 320. The sources affirmed that the relevant sector at the authority has finished training the inspectors to use the devices, adding that the authority has been coordinating with the concerned bodies such as Public Authority for Civil Information and Ministry of Commerce and Industry for this purpose.
Several academic staff of Kuwait University suggested imposing fingerprint attendance system for students in front of lecture halls in various colleges, under the belief that adopting this method will curb absenteeism and skipping classes, reports Aljarida daily.
According to an official source, the automation system will be activated to link administrations of colleges under the Deanship of Admission and Registration, because the names of those who attend or skip classes will appear at the deanship. It is the duty of the deanship to issue warnings against students and staff for evading classes.
Commenting on the issue, an academic staff of the College of Business Administration Dr Sadiq Al-Bassam declared that the phenomenon of absenteeism is huge. He accused some academic staff of laxity in keeping a record of attendance during their classes, which in turn encourages students to skip classes on days preceding holidays, especially Thursdays.
Dr Al-Bassam recommended, “The university administration should demand for attendance register from the academic staff, because a large number of students capitalize on this laxity to evade classes”.