The school monitoring system is a mobile-phone based data collection system using RapidSMS that collects data about schools from school administrators and people who work closely with schools. Head teachers and other administrators who work closely with the schools send data into the system using their mobile phones based on a proposed schedule for data collection. Data is sent into the system on a regular basis like weekly for pupil attendance, monthly for reports on child abuse and termly for capitation grants made to the schools. Other data that can be collected by the education monitoring system include data on teacher attendance, presense of amenities such as hygienic facilities at schools.
The Education monitoring application is closely linked and some of its data is directly drawn from Ureport (www.ureport.ug
) - a community focused social monitoring tool from which RapidSMS-EMIS mines for education related issues sent in by youth in their communities.
Reports that are gathered include:
Teacher and student attendance
Classroom and latrine use
Cases of abuse