Johor School Is The First In M'sia To Use Facial Recognition Scanners For Attendance

It only takes two seconds to scan a pupil's face.

Cover image via New Straits Times & Bernama

SK Taman Perling 1 in Johor Bahru has created history by becoming the first school in Malaysia to use facial recognition scanners to mark students' attendance

According to New Straits Times, the system, which was introduced this year, takes only two seconds to scan a pupil's face before their personal information such as full name, pupil number, and class is stored into the school's database.

The school headmaster, Zamri Abd Wahab, said yesterday, 1 January, that 1,034 students, including 937 main stream pupils, 47 special education pupils, and 50 preschoolers, will use the scanner to mark their attendance.

Two scanners have already been installed at the school hall for pupils

Another scanner has also been set in place at the office for the 76 teachers and 12 staff members.

According to Bernama, Zamri also hopes that the system can be expanded to include visitors' registration in order to increase the school's security.

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With regards to the reason for using facial recognition scanners, Zamri explained that it was to reduce the teachers' workload

"The aim of the system is to make it easier for teachers to take attendance. They no longer have to do it manually, which reduces teachers’ workload," he said.

"The pupils' attendance data will be stored in the system before it is copied and transferred to the Education Ministry’s database through the Students Database application," the headmaster was quoted as saying by New Straits Times.

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The cost of the software, as well as the installation and maintenance of the system, is RM50,000

However, the school's Parent-Teacher Association vice-president Datuk Suhaila Ahmad said the system, which was developed by RN Technologies Sdn Bhd, was fully funded by Myra Hub Foundation.

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