From the Times this morning:
Children are being tracked by micro-chips embedded in their uniforms in a trial at a secondary school.
The devices are used to monitor pupils’ movements and register their arrival in class on the teacher’s computer. Supply teachers can also be alerted if a student is likely to misbehave.
The chip connects with teachers’ computers to show a photograph of the pupil, data about academic performance and whether he or she is in the correct classroom.
It chimes unpleasantly with a similar story a couple of months ago:
A school uniform maker said yesterday it was “seriously considering” adding tracking devices to its clothes after a survey found many parents would be interested in knowing where their offspring were.
Trutex would not say whether it was studying a spy in the waistband or a bug in the blazer but admitted teenagers were less keen than younger children on the “big brother” idea.
Initially we had dismissed this as a silly-season filler, but a phone call to Trutex’s PR company confirmed that Trutex were ‘actively exploring’ making this nightmare a reality.
We’re not surprised that older pupils weren’t so keen. Presumably they are rather more aware of how easy it is to turn a pupil into a prisoner.