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E-monitoring system mandatory in primary schools from January 2

  • Published at 12:26 am December 14th, 2018
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Guests at the program at Spectra Convention centre in Gulshan Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

From now onwards, government primary education officers will the collect real time school monitoring data by smart phones or tablets while visiting the schools

All primary schools of the country will come under e-monitoring system from January 2019, the beginning of the New Year, said Akram-Al-Hossain, secretary of the primary and mass education ministry.

Akram-Al-Hossain said: the e-monitoring system will become mandatory in all government primary schools of the 64 districts from January 2.

The Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) in collaboration with Save the Children has introduced the innovative national e-monitoring system to primary education at Spectra Convention centre in Gulshan on Tuesday.    

Though the government is trying its level best to ensure standard and quality primary education, we are yet to acquire it, the secretary said. 

Facilities of the system

The e-monitoring system has been introduced to bring a qualitative change in primary education by strengthening school monitoring at primary schools, he added. 

From now onwards, government primary education officers will the collect real time school monitoring data by smart phones or tablets while visiting the schools.

The summary and analytical analysis of the findings, both quantitative and qualitative will be available instantly on the web-based dashboard for the head teachers and different administrative level officers.

Various stakeholders of the government primary system will get immediate access to monitor the information once the collected data is uploaded to the server, Akram-Al-Hossain said.

“We have taken this initiative to make primary education more dynamic,” Dr Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal, Director General (DG) of Directorate of Primary Education said. 

The system will evade loopholes as done previously by primary education officers while conducting inspection in the schools. 

It was paper based system when most of the time reports were submitted without visiting the schools. Besides, when the officers really inspected the schools, administrative level officers may not focus on those reports, the DG said. 

The e-monitoring system has brought revolutionary changes by avoiding such loopholes, being effective and paperless, he added. 

Bushra Zulfiqur, sector director-education, Save the Children said, unless there is commitment from the top officials of the government it is very challenging to operate such a system. 

‘The e-monitoring system will play a vital role in the development of primary education across the country,’she added. 

How the system started and extended

The system was taken up as pilot project in 5 upazilas of the Gazipur and Manikganj districts in 2015. 

Upon its success in the two districts, the project it was extended in another 80 upazilas from 2016-2018.  Field level training was also provided to the officers for its successful implementation. 

In October and November this year, the DPE has distributed 3,720 tablets to field level officers to accelerate the system. 

Dilara Rahman, education officer of Kaliakair upazila in the Gazipur district has shared her experiences about the project. 

The e-monitoring system will enhance the accountability and awareness level of the field level officers in school inspection work, she said. 

‘It also makes teachers and students more active and careful about their duties,’ she added. 

Among others, Gias Uddin Ahmed, additional secretary of the primary and mass education ministry, additional director general of DPE Abdul Mannan also spoke in the event.