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Why Do Schools Need Fingerprints? 7 February 2007

Posted by David in Public Services.
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Schools have been taking children’s fingerprints. This is apparentlylegal, even without permission. So schools need parental consent to go swimming, wear a blindfold to play ‘pin the tail on the donkey’, or leave the premises, but taking the fingerprints of 4-year olds is fine! The big question, why?

Apparently children’s bio-metric data is taken so they can use bio-metric scanning equipment for use of the library, school meals, and the register. Just leaving aside the civil liberties argument, isn’t this all a very expensive replacement of library cards and a paper register list, which can be used in the playground to check everyone is safe if there was ever a fire?

It’s not compulsory, but you can’t use the scanners without it, so no doubt have a hard time if you refuse. It reminds me of my school’s “voluntary £10 school fund donation” – voluntary but you got asked for it publicly at register and detention if you didn’t pay. Whatever is happening to this country?

The No2ID and Leave Them Kids Alone Campaigns are right, it’s social conditioning, conditioning our young to accept a technocratic, centrally controlled, impersonal world. The schools system is why so many academics are left wing, and unless this kind of Soviet craziness is stopped, we’ll have a generation of them.

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