The mass database programme for students, teachers and schools of the state, including a child tracking system as prescribed under the RTE, has been developed. The training programme for this will be held next week and the data entry process will be completed by October, according to officials.
The software was developed by National Informatics Centre and is named SARAL (Systematic Administrative Reforms for Achieving Learning by Students). As per the government resolution of July 3, the best part of the software is that after the entire data is entered into the system, there will be no need of re-entering it every year.
“All the students will be linked by Aadhaar card and hence every student will have a unique identification number. The same will be the case with teachers. So once the entire data is entered, there will be no need to repeat the same exercise every year. All that the school will have to do is update information,” said an official from the Zilla Parishad.
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Saral will solve the problems of collecting data of private schools in the state. It will also store the school location and information about 25 per cent admission and infrastructure, helping the government to keep a check on compliance with RTE norms and school mapping.
The data of students’ progress in academics and extra curricular activities will be updated every 6 months. Parents can keep track of the child’s progress without going to the school and getting a progress report. They can also take a print of the report card and get it signed from respective teachers. If a student leaves a school and joins another, there will be no need of a transfer certificate as information can be directly shown at another school. The entire process will be online and errors in actual number of students who drop out or are enrolled can be detected.
The database, a brainchild of former education commissioner S Chockalingam, will have an extensive record of data pertaining to school education in the state in three categories – student, staff and school database. The last date to fill in the information is October 1 of this year. “We have training at district level for block education officer and technical officers on Monday and Tuesday. The block level training is on July 9 and 10. Once the system is fully developed, it will be a one stop solution for all information regarding students, teachers, non teaching staff and schools. This will not only save the time of teachers, otherwise engaged in mundane clerical work every year, but also introduce transparency,” said the official from ZP.