Thursday, March 22, 2012
Grade-school students in a Brazilian city are using uniforms embedded with a computer chip to let their parents know if they are in school or cutting classes.
The education secretary of the northeastern city of Vitoria da Conquista says 20,000 students in 25 of the city's 213 public schools started using T-shirts with the chips this week.
Coriolano Moraes says that by the end of next year all 43,000 public school students in the city will be using the T-shirts.
He says parents are told when their children enter school through a text message and are alerted if they do not show up within 20 minutes after classes begin.
Moraes says Vitoria da Conquista is the first city in Brazil and perhaps the globe to use the system.