In Nov 2017, Sri Lankan Education Minister, Akila Viraj Kariyawasam, proposed to use QR Codes for student identification.
As part of this initiative, every student will be assigned a unique QR Code for identification. The students’ fingerprints and unique numbers, which serve as a source for identification, will be linked in this QR Code. Issuing unique QR Codes to every student will be made mandatory for enrollment in a government school.
“The introduction of the Unique Student Code for students who enter the school, along with a Fingerprint Identification and a Quick Response Code. It was also proposed to use this number at school level examinations.” – Akila Viraj Kariyawasam
This initiative is expected to make it easier for authorities to track achievements of students in at the Grade Five Scholarship Examination, GCE O/L and A/L examinations. This move is also expected to curb any malpractices during examinations.
This isn’t the first time any that schools have adopted the QR Code technology.
QR Codes in Education in India
Many state schools in Sri Lanka’s neighboring country, India has used the QR Code technology in their education system. QR Codes are mainly used here to dissuade fraudsters from creating false documents.
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For example, in 2017, in the state of Madhya Pradesh, the Education Board added QR Codes on their high school certificates. This helps students share their documents easily and also allows necessary authorities to validate the document.
One could scan this QR Code using a mobile app on a smartphone to view the student’s mark sheet and other documents.
The Mumbai University too uses QR Codes on degree certificates stop circulation of fraudulent documents. Another deemed university in India, the APJ Abdul Kalam Technical University, Lucknow added QR Codes on student’s certificates.
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