The Bauchi State government has announced the introduction of fingerprint devices as an alternative mechanism to mark its teachers’ attendance. This development followed a discovery where about 53.5% of workers were found to exhibit absenteeism which has cost the education sector greatly.
Making the announcement, the State Commissioner of Education, Dr Aliyu Tilde, stated that the new development will put an end to attendance registry booklets in the state, and, perhaps, see Bauchi gradually embrace other technological solutions in driving its education sector.
Dr Aliyu, in his remarks, also confirmed that the customized devices have been deployed to all 219 secondary schools under the ministry, noting that salaries of erring staff will be withheld.
Given that similar technology was adopted by the federal government back in 2016 to uncover 80, 115 ghost workers within the Nigerian Police Force, we imagine that the technology adoption will discourage ghost workers in the education system as well, this aiding the Bauchi State government to achieve its set objectives,