Mobile monitoring system for teacher attendance developed

Researchers have developed a mobile-phone –based platform to monitor teacher’s attendance and address the problem of ghost teachers.

The approach has been developed by the Makerere University School of Informatics and technology together with SNV. It has been sampled in 180 schools drawn from 6 districts.

In each school, mobile phones equipped with software that enables head teachers to report to the district education officers by sending a report via an SMS.

A senior research fellow at the Economic Policy Research Policy Centre Dr. Ibrahim Kasirye says the system is cost effective and can replace the current school inspection system.

Kasirye recommends that government adapts the system which will greatly address the problem of ghost teachers, government is currently grappling with.

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Wycliffe Sebunya