At a time when discussions about the increasing burden of non-academic and administrative tasks on teachers in Zilla Parishad (ZP) schools in Maharashtra have raised serious concerns, Sandeep Gund, a ZP teacher, has a digital solution to offer.
It has developed a school management system for government schools, a technology-based platform that promises considerable relief with a paperless mode of data collection.
This school management system aims to simplify the administrative process of a school. The multipurpose approach of this system will help automate daily operations on a single platform and provide detailed reporting when needed. With more than 100 modules in its customized functions, the system is specially designed for public schools in Maharashtra.
“In any ZP school there are about 150 records that a teacher has to maintain, who is also in charge of administrative tasks. The types of records vary from a general record with a student’s enrollment details, records of transfer or leaving certificates issued by the school, records of midday meals, school accounts which provide details of expenditure on various government grants, scholarship details, Aadhaar cards. of students, dead stock register to keep a record of items in the school and the list goes on. And from time to time, the government asks ZP schools to submit data in various formats,” said Gund, who along with other tech-savvy teachers, runs the DEEP Foundation (Digital Education Empowerment Program ), which aims to improve public sector education through the intervention of technology and digital platforms.
“This system will put an end to the repetition of works since once the data is filled in different reports can be generated to present them to the government. For example, if the government wants to know Aadhaar details of students, along with caste details, a teacher will only have to generate this report from the system instead of going through four different registers to prepare a new document,” Gund added.
The almost ready project will begin a pilot test in two districts of Maharashtra, Kolhapur and Ahmednagar, after Diwali.
According to Gund, the goal is to train principals and teachers at ZP schools to familiarize them with the technology. To ensure this, the system will be offline initially, with the aim of helping teachers retain their entire school’s digital record. The pilot test will look for loopholes to fine-tune the system before a report is submitted to the state government with a proposal to implement it across the state, he said.
Kailas Pagare, State Project Manager, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, who has already seen a demonstration of the system, said, “While a state-wide implementation may help, we are evaluating funding possibilities for the same. But the system still requires some work to be efficient.”
In recent days, the burden of non-academic duties on teachers in ZP schools in Maharashtra has come to the fore. Teachers complain that this does not allow them to focus on their academic tasks. They have expressed concern that it will be more damaging after the pandemic, as students have already suffered significant learning loss.
In a Teachers’ Day address earlier this month, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde assured that the government will work to minimize this burden.