School managements are having a hard time uploading information of candidates who have to appear for the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) examination in March 2018. For the first time, the process is being done online.
Technical glitches in the server of the Students Achievement Tracking System (SATS), while students details were being uploaded for the SSLC examinations. Complaints poured into the Education Department. Some schools said their teachers and other employees had to work overnight and some also missed classes to get this work over with.
Basavaraj Horatti, a senior member of the legislative council (MLC) from JDS, wrote about the issue to education minister Tanveer Sait. "Last year, the department had sent an OMR sheet, which the principal and the teachers had to fill with details and send to the department. There were no errors at all. Now, some of the details are taken from SATS and others are anyway updated by the schools.
"The Karnataka Secondary Education Examination Board (KSEEB) authorities said that they have extended the last date to fill details to December 20, 2017. The associated management' of Primary and Secondary Schools in Karnataka, too, has complained to the department.
Slow server reasons:
D. Shashi Kumar, the general secretary of the association, said that apart from slow servers, there were other glitches such as multiple school codes. While stating that there was a need for the department to address these issues, he said the association was in favor of digitization of data as it would curb several other malpractices.
What does the department say?
PC Jaffer, Commissioner, Department of public instruction, said, "We used to collect the student details from all schools, print OMR sheets, send them back to schools, ask them to fill up one form per student, take it to the board, digitise it, prepare checklist and then generate nominal rolls. This was time-consuming as all the collection of data and filling of information was done manually."
"The system is changed now. The schools now need to only enter the language combination of the child, special category, photo, and signature. All the other information has been captured in SATS. The system is fully digitized and the chances of data entry error are minimum. The data so collected through SATS will be shared with the SSLC board that will process and generate hall tickets," he added.
The hall tickets will be made available directly on the portal. Principals can log in and take prints. "This process requires a bigger server. The application can take about 8,000 users at a time as of now. We have now put a dedicated server only for SSLC data entry purpose. This will have data on only SSLC students.
There is a dedicated team working to monitor the speed and CPU usage."
As on 6 pm on Wednesday, data of 3.2 lakh children out of the total nearly 8.5 lakh was filled.