As schools grow bigger in size, schools must opt for a system that automates all the functions to achieve efficiency. A few years ago, technology was merely a luxury factor deployed to attract students, but it has become necessary in no time.
To deal with the hassle of manual operations that schools faced every day, ERP systems surfaced. School ERP systems streamline all the functions related to schools and ensure zero errors.
From the pre-admission process to taking care of a child’s timetable, attendance, assessments, fee, etc., everything gets managed by ERP.
Every stakeholder gets a separate login. This system has revolutionised how a school works and will be successful in the years to come as the processes keep getting more complex and children’s needs keep evolving. Once the ERP system is deployed on campus, it helps the institution in the long term by assisting it evolving with time. Some of the key benefits of ERP are:
- Admission Management
- Curriculum Management
- Student Management
- Fee Management
- Examination and Results Management
- Staff Management
We live in a highly unpredictable world. To keep up with the time, schools must deploy a system that keeps education in continuity and renders quality education to students. In March 2020, everything changed for the global education system. The coronavirus pandemic made the sector realise that their ways are redundant, and they need a tech upgrade to survive. To deal with the crisis efficiently, schools evolved and flexed according to the needs and adopted an ERP system.
How does ERP help?
- Cost reduction: With ERP, all the functions get automated, which reduces the need for manual labour. Schools can conduct various functions across different departments efficiently without hiring many people.
- Quick decision making: ERP eliminates the need for going back and forth and generates reports for administrative tasks such as admission, fee payment, etc. When a school can take a quick decisions, productivity increases.
- Real-time data: Schools across all departments have real-time data and details of what is happening where. The management can stay updated about activities and can make changes if required promptly.
- Reduced paperwork: Since everything is on a cloud, the need for paperwork gets substantially reduced. With ERP, all departments are connected through technology where less or no paperwork is required to exchange information.
- Better communication: With school ERP, all stakeholders get timely information and updates about school and students’ performance. Students have access to timetables, can pay the fee online, and parents and teachers are better connected.
- Increased teaching time: With the help of ERP, teachers are not wasting their time is cumbersome tasks such as taking attendance manually, making a timetable, setting up assessments, checking exam sheets, etc. With ERP, teachers save time and focus their attention on teaching and giving students more time.
Student Management Systems is an essential part of ERP that simplifies the hassles of student-related activities.
We are living in a time when schools can shut anytime. During such unpredictable times, having a system that manages all student-related tasks seamlessly is essential.
Before the lockdown and social distancing norm, parents could achieve tasks like a parent-teacher meeting, paying the fee, etc., in person. But since distancing is the new normal, everything has to be done online with minimum in-person interaction. Payment of the fee, managing the curriculum, seamless interaction between teachers and parents, etc., get more comfortable with the management system for students.
ERP enables hybrid learning
A school that doesn’t facilitate hybrid learning will not survive today. Schools that have hybrid learning where in-class lectures can easily get transferred to online lectures will flourish. Such schools ensure that minimum interruption is caused in the academic calendar of students.
It might come as a surprise to many people that schools with ERP installed on campus have better-trained teachers.
Traditional teachers usually use books and other similar resources to teach students. On the other hand, teachers who teach at technologically enabled schools are proficient at taking smart classes with tablets or laptops, making the curriculum effective. These teachers also are better equipped with engaging ways to teach students where they do not feel disconnected or bored.
To handle smart classes efficiently, it was is important to have trained teachers. Otherwise, the entire purpose gets defeated.
Where does India stand, and what needs to be done
When it comes to technology, India still lags than many nations out there. The reason is simple. School management to date has its qualms about deploying technology into their school premises. Rightly so, technology was never seamless has it is today and was always considered to be clunky.
But thanks to the advancements technology is making in the education sector because of which achieving quality learning and keeping up with the rest of the world has become easier.
Nothing can indeed replace traditional classrooms, but one must evolve with time. Hence, its time for the Indian education space to take a stride and change according to the fast-paced requirements.
More than just online learning
Online learning has been considered a blessing for the sector as it saved it from a nosedive. However, online learning is not sufficient. It just remains a medium to connect students with the teachers. The curriculum in online learning is haphazardly managed, and teachers are not well-trained to conduct classes.
Online learning becomes much more efficient with ERP and LMS, where everything is available on a single dashboard, and students can learn at their convenience from any location.
Convenience to all
While ERP has been a blessing to the school management, it has also been an enabler for students. Many time-consuming things can now be done within no time and keep parents, teachers, students, and school owners aligned and informed.
The education sector is one of the most significant contributors to any country’s economy. Hence, it becomes imperative for schools and universities alike to stay abreast with the times. Students need to be future-ready, which is only possible when education is high-tech and keeping up with the times.