RANGPUR: By virtue of digitisation, Police Lines School and College, Rangpur (PLSCR) has achieved epoch-making success in academic and internal management in the educational institution, reports BSS.
The digital attendance, multimedia classrooms and management systems launched for students, teachers, officials and employees have brought excellence in academic activities and results as well as all other management.
"Being inspired from the a2i programme, we launched digital system in our institution for first time in the country in 2011 adopting digitized information and communication technologies (ICT)," said Principal Professor Dr KM Jalal Uddin Akbar.
A total of 5,000 students, including 1,500 in the primary section from Junior one class to class five and 3,500 from class six to class twelve, are currently studying in the institution. As a result of launching digital attendance system, guardians get SMS as soon as their children just enter into the institution showing their RF ID cards and also get the same if their children do not come to the institution or remain absent.
"The system has ensured cent percent attendance of the students in classes as they have to pay fines for their absence or delay in attaining their classes," Dr Jalal said adding that school dropout rate has also reduced to the zero level.
Following multi-dimensional positive impacts of the system, the institution has improved its academic results and secured first position in Dinajpur Education Board in HSC examinations in 2016 and brilliant results in the last SCC examinations.
In the beginning in 2011, RangSoft ICT Services provided assistance to run the system when students, teachers, officials and employees had to punch their identity cards in the punching machine to register their presence automatically.
"Later, we appointed DhakaSoft, a capital-based private sector software development company, to make the system easier for students of all ages, including minor children," Dr Jalal added.
The attendance system has become easier now after providing Radio Frequency (RF) Identity (ID) cards by DhakaSoft to the students, teachers, officials and employees.
"Now, everyone just shows their RF ID cards in front of any of the small-sized Time Attendance Devices 'Suprema' set up in boxes at many points inside the institution for automatically registering attendance," the Principal said.
"After launching of multimedia classrooms and ICT laboratories in the institution, students easily understand their lessons side by side with enhancing their ICT literacy and knowledge," said Assistant Professor (ICT) Kaziul Islam.
All digitised automation systems are being monitored and communications made with guardians by a four-member Automatic School Attendance System Committee headed by Vice-principal (Admin) of the institution Selim Ahmed.
Talking to BSS, students Sumaiya Yasmin of class nine, Rezwana Tasfia of class eight and Nura Alam Siddique Tamim of class six said digital attendance system helped them in becoming systematic and accountable in personal life too.
"Like others, I am happy to enjoy the digital attendance system and my parents remain tension-free knowing my location during class time," said Ishrat-Jahan Tanisha, a student of class seven. Lauding the system, guardians Abdul Hamid, Solaiman Ali and Tazul Islam suggested for launching the same in all educational institutions for improving academic excellence, building good moral character and habit of abiding by systems since student life.
Proprietor of DhakaSoft Emdadul Haque said, "The PLSCR easily manages academic and administrative activities, attendance and information of students, teachers, and employees, examinations and results, library, tuition fee collection, inventory, pay rolls, accounts and all other sectors using digitised facilities."
President of the Governing Body of PLSCR and Police Super Mizanur Rahman said the system has stopped chance of teenage students to remain absent from classes, move here and there, mix with bad elements like addicts or militants.
"Side by side with ensuring quality education, improving academic results and overall management systems, the digitised system has ensured security of female students as guardians always remain informed about locations of their daughters," he added.