Children admitted to any school in Maharashtra may soon be assigned a unique identity number and their progress will be followed through a child tracking system until they enter high school.
School Education Minister Balasaheb Thorat proposed this in his department’s vision document presented to the state cabinet on Wednesday. “Our main priority is reducing school dropout rates and see that children go back to school,” Thorat told Hindustan Times.
Under the system, every student in the state will be given a unique identity number. Data of all the students with information such as enrolment, attendance, migration, retention and their learning levels will be fed into an online system.
This system will help monitor students from the time they join school to the time they take up higher education, which will help the state understand the drop out rate, and the reasons for it.
The state is yet to decide whether the child tracking system will be applicable only to state board schools or also to central board schools and International Baccalaureate schools.
The child tracking system was part of the section on improving information and communication technology not only in schools but also in the education process. Thorat also proposed a web portal, a school coding system and an e-complaint system, which he said will cost Rs 5 crore upfront and Rs 1 crore every year for five years after it is launched.
The web portal will put up information relevant to students and schools. This includes application forms, exam forms and government policies and announcements.
A school management information system will allot every school a special code and a database of different parameters such as the number of teachers, non-teaching staff, grants and projects implemented and school infrastructure, will be maintained to make it easy for the state to monitor schools.
The e-complaint system will allow complainants to put up their grievances online. The school education department will address these complaints. This will mean better transparency and follow-up.