Parents of Taipei municipal school students will soon be notified what time their kids arrive at and leave school each day, when a new feature is added to electronic student cards by the Taipei City Government.
Electronic student cards, which have been used by about 390,000 students at 240 municipal elementary, junior high and high schools since last year, combine traditional student cards with MRT Easy Cards, allowing students to use it as student identification card, library card and easy card.
Director of the Information Management Office under the Taipei City Department of Education Han Chang-tze (
The service will cost parents $NT1.5 (US$ 0.04) per text message, but the department will begin to offer free text services in March informing parents when their children fail to show up at school.
"The service allows schools to record student attendance, and parents will be able to relax knowing their kids' whereabouts," Han said.
In the future, Han said, electronic student cards will feature more functions, such as recording students' grades.
Chinese Culture University has also replaced its traditional student cards with electronic ones, making it the only university to use the system.
Commissioner of the department Wu Ching-chi (
The cards are produced by the department and Taipei Smart Card Corporation, which issues the MRT Easy Card, and students do not need to pay for them.
The department will extend the improved student card service to all 420,000 students in Taipei public schools by the end of this year.
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