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.Wales should put an end to the "stigma" children face for claiming free school meals, an assembly member claims.
Joyce Watson, Labour AM for Mid and West Wales, backs a fingerprint ID system of cashless payments to help poorer children.
.She recommends rolling out a system by which children have accounts to pay for school dinners which can be topped up either by their parents or by the local authority if they qualify for school meals.
All pupils would then pay for their meals by a biometric reading of their fingerprint at the till without anyone knowing how their account was funded
.Stephen Jones, head teacher of Ysgol Glan-y-Mor in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, said its piloting of a biometric payment system over the last four years had delivered results.
He said it had cut the time pupils queued for lunches as well as removing any stigma attached to free school meals.
"The children like it," he said.
"It's almost a fun element to having their lunch, the fingerprints.
"It's much quicker so they're happy about that.
"The offshoot, I suppose, would be that parents can actually have computerised printouts of all the food and drink that their children consume and they can keep an eye on whether they're having a healthy diet or not."