September 21, 2018

BEST app to monitor schools

Patna: Education minister Krishna Nandan Prasad Verma on Saturday launched a mobile app – Bihar Easy School Tracking (BEST) – aimed at monitoring elementary schools. The app has been developed by Bihar Education Project Council (BEPC) with the technical support of Unicef.

Education secretary R.L. Chongthu, state project director of BEPC Sanjay Singh, Unicef India’s chief of education Dr Euphrates Gobina and programme manager of Unicef, Bihar, Shivendra Pandya, were present on the occasion.

The app would be accessible only to state government officials engaged in monitoring of elementary schools.

“Earlier, officials used to send a hard copy of the report to the department on the basis of which the department used to initiate action. Now, with the launch of the app, data related to school inspection reports would be uploaded on the app. This would make the school monitoring system digital and paperless. Earlier, many times the officials used to send the report late due to which action used to be initiated late but now the data would be available on the app, so school monitoring would become more time-bound,” said an Unicef Bihar official.

He said the app was aimed at updating school monitoring system through mobile-based MIS generation and uploading – a marked departure from offline monitoring system dependent on physical verification and format filling-up.

Education minister Verma stressed the lack of proper monitoring system in schools and the need for an updated school monitoring management system.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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