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Schools to record attendance via SMS
After a failed effort to register attendance of school students online, the Pune education department will now attempt to conduct it via SMS.
Only 10% of the one lakh schools in the state responded to the online attendance system which prompted the education department to initiate the attendance through cellphones used widely by school officials and teachers.
The department conducted a survey to find out how many schools used the online attendance system introduced by the government this academic year. Of the 1.3 lakh primary schools in the state, only 10,000 had adopted the system since June. Primary schools were asked to register daily attendance of students and teachers online through a special software.
State education director Mahavir Mane, said, “Many schools in the interiors said they faced problems with internet connectivity as well as power cuts that created barriers in updating the attendance online, eventually leading them to stop using the software. Some schools were negligent despite being able to use it efficiently. Hence, we decided to use cellphones now available with almost every individual.”
The online attendance system was aimed at monitoring attendance of students and teachers in all the primary schools. The authorities can take immediate action against schools with poor attendance. According to the rule, all students, teachers and principals must have at least 80% attendance.
The education department would prepare an application for cellphones for the attendance system which could be freely downloaded by teachers on their phone and send daily attendance to the education department.
Mane said the current online system will also be used once the cellphone-based application is introduced. “The online system will not be scrapped. We have installed a software where each primary school has been given a login identity to register their attendance details. A report was prepared to review the system. Only 10,000 primary schools were found to have registered attendance, so far. The schools that fell short of the mandatory attendance have been warned. However, more awareness would be conducted about the system.”