Gov’t hopes new education app will deter students skipping school
Egyptian secondary school students - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Egyptian secondary school students may soon find it harder to play hooky thanks to a new technology the Ministry of Education hopes to implement in select schools this academic year.

The Ministry of Education is set to install an electronic sign-in sheet for students and teachers that can be tracked via the Internet by parents at home, Education Sector head Mohamed Saad told The Cairo Post Thursday.

Parents will be able to track the absence of their children through searching their national ID number via an app created by a team of the General Directorate of Information and Computers at the Ministry of Education.

Registration on the new app, which will be available at the official website of the Ministry of Education, will start Oct. 12.

Saad said high school attendance varies across the country, making the app all the more important. He said that although school attendance in the rural Wadi Gedid governorate is as high as 85 percent, it may be as low as 30-40 percent in Cairo.

“This system will be applied on other education levels, starting with preparatory grades,” Saad added.

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