By Mamun Islam
RANGPUR, May 22, 2017 (BSS) - The digital attendance system for students, teachers, officials and employees has brought significant impact on academic activities and management of a school in the Rangpur divisional city.
Rangpur Police Line School and College (PLSC), a school which piloted and subsequently implemented fully digital attendance system, set a replicable example of digitization of school activities for attaining academic excellence.
"We launched the digital attendance system for the first time in the
country in 2011, adopting digitised information and communication
technologies (ICT) for managing day to day and other major activities of the school," said Principal of the school Professor Dr KM Jalal Uddin Akbar.
A total of 5,000 students, including 1,500 in the primary section from Junior one to class five and 3,500 from class six to class twelve, are studying in the educational institution, which has already earned a good name for its standard of education.
The digital attendance system automatically sends SMS to the guardians as soon as their children enter the school using their digital attendance cards. Similarly, the system sends SMS to the guardians concerned if their children do not come to school or remain absent.
"The system has ensured cent per cent attendance of the students in classes as they are fined for absence or delay in attaining classes without valid reasons," Dr Jalal said, adding that school dropout rate has also reduced to almost zero level.
Besides the students' attendance, the system has also helped the school to earn academic excellence, taking the school to the first position in Dinajpur Education Board in the HSC examinations in 2016.
RangSoft ICT Services initially provided assistance to install and run the system when the students, teachers, officials and employees had to punch their identity cards in the punching machine to register their presence automatically.
"As a part of our continuous efforts to upgrade the attendance system, later, we appointed DhakaSoft, a private sector software development company, to make the system more user-friendly for the students of all ages, including minor ones," Dr Jalal added.
"The attendance system has become very user-friendly after providing Radio Frequency (RF) Identity (ID) cards by DhakaSoft to the students, teachers, officials and employees," he said.
"Now students, teachers and employees of the school show their RF ID cards before a small time attendance devices called Suprema, set up in boxes in many points inside the institution, for automatically registering attendance," said the Principal.
The system is being monitored and communications are being made with the guardians by a four-member Automatic School Attendance System (ASAS) Committee headed by Vice-Principal (Admin) of the institution Kaziul Islam.
President of the governing body of Rangpur PLSC and Police Super Mizanur Rahman said the system has brought an end to the scope for teenage students to bunk classes, wandering around and involve with bad elements like addicts or militants.
The system has also ensured security of the female students as their
guardians remain informed about locations of their daughters, he said.
He recommended that the digital attendance system could be introduced in all educational institutions for attaining academic excellence and guiding students efficiently towards bright future.
Like teachers and administrative staff, students Maysha Alma Diya of class nine, Musfik Ahmed Anik of class eight, Faria Zaman Upoma of class seven and Afrin Nahar Jitu of class six said the digital attendance system helped them to follow a disciplined life school and home as well.
Many guardians have also lauded the system saying the system ensured that their children are attending classes regularly.
Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)