Yes, it does. Otherwise, you end up with people who've lost/damaged their cards etc... Commenter obviously doesn't work anywhere near a school canteen.
1. Speeds up queues. No more than sensibly implementing any non biometric register system.
Easier than printing hundreds of cards. Easier than having a person a till manually find and enter names.
2. It's easier. Easier than NOT fingerprinting kids? No I don't think so.
Fraud should be taken to mean 'bullies taking dinner money from a child'.
3. Protects against fraud. Yeah little Johnny is really going to pay for his lunchtime doughnut with a stolen credit card isn't he?
Seems like someone reads too many conspiracy theories.
4. Trains children to be malleable in the hands of authority as required for the coming police state and in particular to surrender their ID on request to anyone for any reason. BINGO.
5. Enriches the people working towards the goals outlined in reason #4. Yes.
No, not at all. Do you think the money taken in from a school canteen goes just towards books etc...? No, it goes towards tills, maintenance, and the like. Add in parental reporting on what children eat in schools and how else do you propose doing it? Cards? They cost MORE than fingerprinting.
6. Takes money away from worthwhile spending on books etc. Yes.
Again with the conspiracy theories.
7. Trains parents and teachers alike that it is acceptable for children (and immigrants) to be digitally cataloged, with a view to manufacturing their consent to, and implied agreement with, ID cards and the necessary infrastructure for verifying said cards as a prerequisites to activities that will include, but are not limited to; buying, selling, traveling, working and accessing public services.