I REFER to Wednesday's report, 'Finger scans replace roll-call'. It is heartening to see schools harness technology to reduce wasted man-hours on the simple yet laborious task of marking attendance.
While the initiative is innovative, we need to ensure that every machine part with which students come into contact is clear of harmful bacteria and viruses.
With the Influenza A (H1N1) pandemic still looming in the background, we must ensure that students sanitise their fingers after scanning. Perhaps an instant sanitiser can be provided for students to clean their fingers after swiping their attendance? The contact point on the scanner should also be cleaned often.
Yap Chin Hua
This article was first published in The Straits Times.