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Pupils database plan draws widespread outcry

All students between 14 and 19 will have their personal details and exam results permanently stored online according to a report from BBC (opens in new tab).

The system will allow students to keep a safe and reliable record - what the Times (opens in new tab) calls a Tamperproof CV - of their academic qualifications and will be accessible using a permanent, lifelong Unique Learner Number (ULN).

It is expected that organisations that need to access a person's record - universities, potential employers and others - could get access to that data with the person's permission.

According to Reuters (opens in new tab), Already 40 partners have joined in the project, called Managing Information Across Partners (MIAP).

While this would allow employers to be sure that potential candidates have a verifiable track record and qualification, it would still not solve the bigger issue of raising educational standards in the UK and will obviously not apply to foreign applicants or University students.

Also, there are fears though that this gold mine would attract the wrong crowd, especially since not much has been said about who will have the power to access and amend the database.

The government has already announced that it has plans to implement a Child database system, although this has been postponed.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.