Thiruvananthapuram

Absent in class? parents will get alert messages

The students of government schools within the Corporation limit might find it hard to skip classes in future. The city Corporation has begun its work on implementing the SMS alert system for students’ attendance in the city’s government schools. Parents will henceforth get real-time updates on their phone, if their ward does not turn up in class.

The system is already being implemented by some private schools.

In place of the expensive software being used in such schools, the Corporation will be using the Information Kerala Mission (IKM)’s School Management System.

In addition to regular updates on attendance, the system will also provide periodic updates on the student’s academic performance.

The project will be one of the first focus areas of the education standing committee of the newly elected Corporation council. Though the project was part of the previous budget, it was not taken up in the previous council’s tenure.

Creating a digital database

“The first challenge for us will be to create a digital database of the students in various schools and to provide them with identity cards. Right now, not every school is having identity cards for its students. The initial digital database will be created by the local body by our data entry operators and handed over to the respective schools. An initial amount of Rs.20 lakh has been earmarked for the project. We can probably get it going by next month,” says S. Unnikrishnan, Education Standing Committee Chairperson.

In the initial phase, the project will be implemented in the high school and higher secondary sections of select schools.

The IKM software is already being used in several other local bodies.

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