From Gulfnews.com - "Educationists and pupils in Dubai feel that schools should not be allowed to fingerprint students even though it would make some tasks much easier in the educational institutions. Senior officials are expected to issue guidelines to install fingerprint scanners and collect biometric data from children as young as five."
The guidance is to be issued as "they were responding to a report from the UK that schools are seeking government's permission to fingerprint pupils"
Laws should determine that, not a government. Sadly our UK laws are woefully out of date where this technology is concerned and very open ended.
Schools seemingly got the go ahead here in the UK when the non-statutory guidance was issued by the government last month, via BECTA's website.