LAHORE - The Punjab government is committed to reform its education system through smart technology and had taken solid steps in this regard, Punjab Information Technology Board Chairman Dr Umar Saif said yesterday.

During a meeting at Arfa Software Technology Park, the PITB chairman said that 1143 tabs with internet facility have been provided to Monitoring and Evaluation Assistants (MEAs) to monitor teachers and student’s attendance and missing facilities in all of 52,695 schools of Punjab.

“Previously, the monitoring of schools was being done through manual forms filling that took long time jeopardised with fake data entry,” Dr Saif told the meeting. He added: “For making the reports reliable and instant, computer tabs, equipped with the in house developed app were given to these MEAs so that their geographic location, as well as other necessary details, could be geo-tagged correctly.

“Today, a monitor is required to take snap of Attendance register and send it along with his and head teacher’s picture to the central dashboard. The data is visible to any citizen on our website that enables the parents to monitor the monitors.”

The PITB head further said that this real time practice has brought remarkable improvements in teachers and students attendance. “Our system has recorded more than one million monitoring forms during last 18 months which was impossible through manual procedure.”

Moreover, Dr Umer Saif said they have initiated Literacy & Numeracy Drive (LND) project in all public schools for actual evaluation of the students and the teacher’s performance. “The MAEs have also been assigned to take the test of the randomly selected students with the help of the LND app that is installed on their tabs. The app has processed over 15 million questions asked from 2.5 million students during last eight months.

“When spread, the data gives a quick picture what school is performing poor and what better in Punjab. Hence higher authorities are able to set their policies for short and long term future planning. The other provinces i.e. KP and Sindh are also replicating our systems in their public schools,” he added.