Keeping track of truants

Tuesday August 28, 2012

Compiled by NG SI HOOI, RAHIMY RAHIM and A. RAMAN

http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/8/28/nation/11921293&sec=nation

PARENTS and teachers can now know if youngsters under their care are playing hooky through a truancy-tracking system that is currently being tried out in 20 Klang Valley schools, Berita Harian reported.

Aptly called Schooltrac, the system traces the movements of the kids and relays the information to a data centre at the school via SMS or e-mail.

The Schooltrac smart card is embedded with a microchip and uses a radio frequency sensor to help school authorities locate children who are away from school without permission.

The device, produced by local IT company ABRA Corp Sdn Bhd, automatically registers the students when they come to school or leave the school grounds.

Project manager Mohd Shahril Mahmud said parents would need to pay a RM10 fee for the service.

“Schooltrac is environment-friendly as it computerises the attendance of the child at school,” he said, adding that the technology originated from South Korea and the research and development were done by ABRA Corp in Malaysia.

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