In the ever-continuing war against parents taking their children on holiday during term time, Bedfordshire schools will be microchipping pupils in an attempt to keep track of the during school hours.
This will enable schools to check that children, whose parents say they are ill, are indeed resting at home, or are being taken to the doctors instead of on holiday somewhere in the South of France!
The microchips have been developed with help from local sweet company PRAILONE. Hidden in confections, the microchips will be given to the children as Easter treats on the last day of term.
Unlike the chocolate that surrounds the chip, children will not be able to digest the actual chip, so it will stay with them, depending on the life of the chips, throughout their school life. Tracking coding will be passed from school to school as part of the information already included in their educational records.
Mrs Rjkoes of The Bedfordshire Educationalist, the organisation responsible for funding the development of the software used in the chip, said that “This will be a huge step forward, not only in child attendance at school but in child safety. Although we will not actively monitor children outside of school hours we will be able to trace children whever they are in the world.”
The Association of British Travel Agents, who last year welcomed a relaxing of term time holiday rules, will no doubt see this as a disappointing development for its members, especially if the practice is rolled out to schools across the rest of the country.
The sweets will be given out on the last day of term. Whilst most will be in the form of chocolate Easter eggs, in a move that has been already heralded by local religious leaders, other confections will be available for children from other faiths.
Author: Dr A P Rilfool
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