IT enabled schools to counter frequent closure of schools due to inclement situation
Srinagar, May 15: Private Schools Association of Kashmir has for the first time collaborated with Tech Avant-Garde, Microsoft and Efeeonline companies to bring IT enabled solutions into the educational institutes of Kashmir as a major reform to counter the frequent closure of educational institutes and loss of working days.
The Association felt that during the last few years, the situation in Kashmir has really turned bad for education sector with weeks and even months of forced closure of educational institutes happening per year. There is no effort by government or any other side to help schools to operate smoothly, despite everybody agreeing that education is a vital part of the society. In this regard the Association had been discussing various solutions and exploring the world market to get the best for Kashmiri students.
Private Schools’ Association-Kashmir has partnered with Tech Avant-Garde, Microsoft and Efeeonline and has adopted the MASP PRO Program to empower teachers and students. MASP Pro Suite which combines the benefits of Microsoft’s technology, e-payment solutions from Efeeonline and Connected Learning Community Solution from Lycee – Cyber Academe is a value-based offering to equip schools with an integrated set of technology and innovative learning solutions, modernize their campuses, drive transformation for enhanced learning experiences and prepare future-ready students.
“Restrictions, curfews, violent situations have become part of our day to day life now. In this situation education sector is worst affected. We are unable to provide quality education to students as our schools get closed even at a small pretext. At times we cannot even operate buses due to fear of violence,” said G N Var president PSAK. “During the last decade or so we had made tremendous progress in giving quality education to students but all that is threatening to get derailed due to the prevailing circumstances. It is in this regard that we are trying to use IT enabled services to counter frequent closure of schools.”
The Association said that the services would not only counter closure of schools but also provide global quality education to students. “We are living in a conflict zone that we cannot helps. But what we are trying to do is to isolate education sector in a way that it remains largely unaffected,” said Var. “So IT enabled services offer the best solution. But here too we need government help as some services work on dependable internet connections. Government has the ability to regulate internet services at even tehsil level and certain sites. So our only request to government is to allow educational websites functions smoothly even in the times of internet blockade. We will provide the list of websites to government too which need to be free from blockades. Or if they are willing to offer any other alternative we are ready to listen.”
Ali Sait, CEO, Tech Avant-Garde said “As a part of the MASP PRO programme Tech Avant-Garde has taken the initiative of making their client schools excel in their schooling practices. The company has organized to get the Schools audited by M/S Ararat for total quality assessment of Governance, teachers and teaching practices Safety, Go Green, and integration of IT in education. After the audit is completed the school will be advised on how to become 21st Century compliant.”
Efeeonline will empower the parent to pay the school fee from anywhere anyplace, anytime and on any device using multimode payment services, schools will be able to integrate the fee collection seamlessly with different payment platform on Efeeonline, and Lycee connected Learning Community Solution will knock down the barriers between the home and educational institution.