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Fingerprint plan for kids
SCANNERS which read children's thumbprints when they buy school meals are being introduced in city schools.
The ECHO understands some faith schools in Liverpool are trying out the hitech equipment to improve speed and safety.
Instead of a child bringing their lunch money into the schools, parents pay electronically into a special account.
When the youngsters collect the food, they have their thumbs scanned to confirm the meal has been paid for.
A number of Catholic and Church of England schools are understood to be in the scheme, including St Paul's RC primary in West Derby.
It is not compulsory, but some parents believe it improves pupils' safety as they would not need to bring cash to school and risk being bullied for it. It also speeds up queues, and experts say a cashless system would stop pupils buying junk food.
No-one from the school was available to comment, but one parent said: "To me, the electronic scanning of seven-year-old children's thumbs is not in their best interests.