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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 May 2006, 12:30 GMT 13:30 UK
School meals to get a thumbs up
Pupils at five secondary schools in Derbyshire will use fingerprint technology to buy school meals under a new scheme starting in September.

Derbyshire County Council is introducing the cashless payment systems to improve service.

Pupils do not need to carry cash to pay for meals which will mean less bullying, the council said.

They will become the first schools to have fingerprint recognition systems as other schools use swipe cards.

Healthy foods

Parents can top up their child's account by posting a cheque to the school or pupils can add money at an on-site pay station.

Pupils can also earn points from buying certain healthy foods and it will be easier to monitor nutritional information.

Schools involved in the scheme are: The Meadows Community School, Old Whittington in Chesterfield; New Mills School and Sixth Form Centre; Kirk Hallam Community Technology College in Ilkeston; Bolsover School and Heritage Community School in Clowne.

The county council is paying 91,812 towards the work, with the schools paying the remaining 24,520.

The project forms part of the council's plans to spend 300,000 introducing cashless systems in more secondary schools by 2009.

Eleven schools have been equipped with swipe card technology since 2002.

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