The eastern Indian state of Bihar, 3rd state largest in population, has put up information on its 70,000 government schools online. The web site will give information on each school’s contact details, student and teacher population, number of rooms, and will even track attendance and results.
The web site is expected to give an overview of elementary education in India. Managed by the National University of Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA), School Report Card (SRC) is the first state effort in the whole of India to put details of all government schools online. The information is thought to be useful for planning further improvements in infrastructure, environment and quality of education in government schools.
To gather the information needed, district education officials and designated officials under the Human Resources Development Department (HRD) had to go through the process of compiling a data collection form (DCF), said Ravishankar Prasad Singh, Programme Officer at Bihar Education Project (BEP).
Afterwards, five per cent of the data were rechecked by an independent agency to ensure accuracy.
“Everybody involved in the task was repeatedly asked to verify details of their DCFs and to issue a certificate owning the facts prior to it being uploading on the web site,” said Singh.
Soon, information related to private schools will also be on the web site as mandated under the Right to Education ACT (REA), said Singh.
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