Birmingham,The Stirrer, Black Country

news that matters, campaigns that count

for Birmingham, the Black Country and beyond

Exclusive

BRUM SCHOOLS FINGERPRINTS KIDS FOR LUNCH

22-07-2008

Finger print

An anxious Birmingham mum has contacted The Stirrer after learning that her daughter is to have her fingerprints taken at a Birmingham school – just to have lunch.

At the moment we’re protecting the mother’s identity and also keeping the school’s name confidential while we make further enquiries – but we are confident our source is reliable.

The mum says that she was aware that biometric testing was being used elsewhere in the country, but wasn’t aware it had been introduced in Birmingham.

As she says, “There are very strict regulations about the circumstances in which the police can fingerprint children, so it seems appalling that schools are starting to demand fingerprints simply for the routine issuing of library books and lunches.”

To make matters worse, she only found out by chance that fingerprinting was being introduced after her daughter had been accepted by the school and they attended an open day.

She adds: “It is a matter of real frustration for me that having been through the nightmare of 'parental choice' of secondary schools, that a matter of such great signficance was not mentioned on any of the school's promotional material when we were looking round different establishments in autumn 2007.

"I am also concerned that the issue of biometric testing has not yet been debated in Parliament, and that schools within the city currently appear to have discretion to introduce biometric testing without due consultation.

"It appears to me that the civil liberties implications are huge, so that leaving this issue up to individual schools - who may be subjected to a hard sell from the companies marketing this kind of software - is far from satisfactory."

The Stirrer will be taking up this issue as a campaign and reporting more on this in the next few days.

ARE CHILDREN ROUTINELY FINGERPRINTED IN WEST MIDLANDS SCHOOLS? WHAT ARE THE CIVIL LIBERTIES IMPLICATIONS? LEAVE A COMMENT ON THE STIRRER FORUM

Google

The Stirrer Forum

The Stirrer home

valid xhtml

©2006 - 2009 The Stirrer