Student Tracking Database Launches This Week

Posted: Feb 13 2008, 10:29am CST | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 6:12am CDT, in News | Other Stuff

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A new database that tracks ever teen under the age of 14 storing details like test scores and exclusions will be launched in Westminster tomorrow. According to the government the database is to stream line the collection, handling and sharing of information between learners and educational organizations.

The database has sparked some controversy with Gemma Tumelty, president of the National Union of Students saying, “We are concerned about the track records of the government on maintaining and safeguarding data. We are also worried about routes of progression - should every slap on the wrist at school count against you forever? Why should an exclusion matter 10 years on? Surely everyone is allowed a few mistakes. We would worry this would turn into a national ID card."

A Department of Innovation spokesman says that the learner’s record belongs to them and they will have control over how it is used. The database goes along with unique learner numbers that will be required for students to apply for the governments new diplomas in September.

Via The Guardian

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