For decades, Brazil has tried to address it’s educational shortcomings in any number of ways, from expanding higher education to focusing on greater literacy rates in the countryside to improving enrollment rates through programs like Bolsa Familia. That said, this seems like a particularly-21st century attempt to address education rates among Brazilians:
Schools in Brazil have started to place computer chips in school uniforms to keep track of pupils and reduce truancy.
Some 20,000 pupils in the north-eastern city of Vitoria da Conquista will have microchips embedded in their school T-shirts.
The parents will get a text message when their children arrive at school, or if they are late for classes.
The authorities say the measure will help teacher-parent relations.
While this initially sounds a little odd, at the same time, if Brazilian parents and students are fine with it, and only the schools have access to students’ absences, then it’s hard to argue against using new technologies to make sure students attend classes and gain the education they need to be important participants in and contributors to the Brazilian economy.