Keeping pace with evolving technology, several private schools in the tricity area are reaching out to parents in innovative ways like using mobile apps compatible with Android and Apple phones to send updates.
Schools now send the latest details on students’ academic and extracurricular performance as well as on school events to parents on their cellular phones.
For instance, St Anne’s Convent School, Sector 32 employs an mobile application for Android phones called ‘ One School’ to have direct and fast communication with parents.
The school also uses the app to declare results for classes 1 through 8 for the current academic session. Updates on students’ attendance, health reports, daily homework and pending dues, besides school announcements and circulars, are also sent.
“With technology changing fast, such initiatives have become the need of the hour,” said Sister Gracy, the school’s principal, adding the system would help the school promote greater transparency while enabling speedy communication with parents.
Pranjala Dutta, principal of Oakridge School, SAS Nagar, which recently began using a mobile application called ‘Oak App’ for parents, agrees it helps in making both the school and parents accountable. “This app will enable parents to get to know their children’s daily performance even before they get home,” she added.
According to her, accessibility is not a problem since nowadays most parents have smartphones. “In the case of those who aren’t tech savvy we still update them through school diaries and other means,” she said, adding the school now has a dedicated team to handle the messages sent to mobile phones.
Sakhi Kochar, the mother of a school student who resides in Mohali, said the new way of being in touch with schools benefitted parents immensely. “A child will never give a true picture of his performance and calling up class teachers every day isn’t possible anyway. This mobile app is an opportunity for parents to track their children’s daily performance,” she said.
Other schools in the city are set to follow suit. HS Mamik, chairman of the board Vivek High School, Sector 38, said that the school will soon put into use ‘Vivek School App’, which is compatible Android phones.
“Our website based system already allows parents to pay school fees online. With the new system, information that concerns students and is important to parents will be available on their mobiles,” he added.
Meanwhile, schools like The Millennium School, Mohali, have also introduced a portalbased system that allows parents to have their own login IDs.
“A parent can lo g into the portal and check their kids’ result and subjectwise marks,” said director Robin Aggarwal, adding the school will also employ a mobile app soon.