Government school attendance policies are about to change, and technology will be utilized to keep daily attendance records that are precise.
Teachers will need to download a chatbot onto their smartphones, and daily updates on student attendance based on UDISE+ records will be sent through a chat window.
A management information system known as UDISE+ serves at least 15 lakh schools, 95 lakh educators, and 26.5 crore students nationwide.
The chatbot will close all past gaps, including those caused by proxy attendance, delayed registrations, and missing names, among other things. Soon after the Diwali break, the system will be put into place in all of the schools.
According to a Prathmik Shikshan Parishad official in Maharashtra, the attendance bot will be utilized for standards I through X. Teachers can enter student attendance every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. by downloading the “Swift Chat” application from the Play Store.
Teachers who have registered on the portal with a cellphone number must also register on the app. In order to speed up the attendance process, they can also use the login of another teacher if they are having trouble with their own.
Teachers stated that although the system was up to date with technology, a smooth rollout would be difficult.
According to a teacher at a Zilla Parishad School of Pune, things should go easily and there aren’t many problems in cities. In fact, unless teachers fail to update, this appears to be the best method for compiling attendance data in locations with strong connectivity. The real test will be in areas where cellular network issues are a recurring issue.
A technical team was working on the portal, and the state commissioner of education had promised that the issue would be fixed.
It took close to ten minutes for one teacher to update the data in the system, according to some teachers who were updating the data in turns.
Another teacher reported that because the system was slow, she had to wait until after school hours to update the information, which meant that she spent a lot of her time waiting.