The Human Resource Development Ministry (HRD) has notified that they will soon come up with a child tracking system, which will help them in monitoring the academic progress of the school children who attend schools every day. The number of school children is staggering, which is over 200 million. The proposed initiative was announced by the HRD Minister Smriti Irani recently, through her twitter account.
The proposal is an extension to the digital initiative taken up by the ministry, called Shala Darpan. Under Shala Darpan, launched by Kendriya Vidyalaya, the parents were allowed to keep a watch on their child’s presence at the respective classrooms. They could also check their performance in the class and the teachings given to them. The new initiative will be in the lines of Shala Darpan, which will help the ministry to keep track of the enrolment of students to various schools. They will also keep track of their progress in the school and report of the students when they move to another class.
HRD Minister Smriti Irani in one of her tweets said, “Introducing a child tracking system for over 200 million children all across the country to track movement class to class, identify drop outs.” In another tweet in the series she said that the government would now also monitor the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, which is the programme launched to acquire universalization of elementary education. Real time data would be provided online of the performance of SSA in the country. She also pointed out that the ministry of HRD is also developing an expenditure portal through which various sources of school education data would get centralized.
In order to further strengthen the transparency in checking of examination scripts and grading process, the ministry would launch a first of its kind portal for teacher education institutions. She also said that the Shala Siddhi scheme, launched by her ministry, would get extended to all the schools in the country.