Ilocos Norte school adopts e-ID to check attendance


LAOAG CITY -- The Badio Elementary School (BES), a rural school in the second district of Ilocos Norte, has adopted a convenient and safer way to monitor children’s attendance in school.

“Once a child enters the school, the teacher scans his/her ID and a text message will be sent to the mobile phone number of parent or guardian which informs that the child is in school that time,” BES principal Aileen Rambaud said on Friday.

The Department of Education in Ilocos Norte, led by Schools Division Superintendent Vilma Eda, has been encouraging school heads in the province to come up with learning innovations to promote 21st-century schools.

The BES is among the first public schools in the province to adopt such technology.

Aside from introducing the electronic ID system, they are also planning to acquire fast Internet connectivity and virtual reality box units for learners, Rambaud said.

But this can only be made possible should there be full cooperation among school stakeholders, Rambaud added.

Using a unique bar code for each of the 193 pupils of BES, teachers can now easily monitor their students' attendance and for parents to know if their child entered the school on the same day.

Powered by Scan Attendance Manager, this is a free downloadable app that is able to scan a student ID's barcode and has the ability to send SMS (short message service), using a mobile phone number associated with the registered student.

Launched last July 1, the electronic ID system with SMS is making BES students eager to go to school while their parents lauded the school initiative to protect their children. (PNA)


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