Mumbai: With the idea that every school must have its own website, the School Education and Sports Department of the state has kick-started its generic website initiative.

While most private schools already have their websites, this will be especially beneficial to the municipal and government-aided schools which lack a website.

From day-to-day activities, timetables and notices to photos and initiatives, they can all be uploaded on this website by the school authorities.

In Mumbai, this initiative by the department will benefit over 4,000 schools – including the 1,200 municipal schools. Over, 1, 04,000 schools across boards stand to benefit. Last week, over 10,000 teachers and principals of the city’s private as well as municipal schools attended a training programme which was conducted through the BMC’s virtual 480 classrooms.

Teachers were guided on how to update information about their school on the website. Information about teachers, students, etc that schools mandatorily update on SARAL (Systematic Administrative Reforms for Achieving Learning by Students) database will be automatically available on the generic website.

“This way information under the SARAL database of each school will be available to the public,” said Mahesh Palkar, Education Officer, BMC.

Parents of children studying in municipal schools can also keep a tab on school activities. Zeeshan Sheikh, teacher in a Govandi municipal school, which was the city’s first municipal school to get a digital classroom, said that this initiative will be immensely helpful to parents of children who study in municipal schools who did not have a website earlier to go to.

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