The occasion was launching of Shala Darpan for the Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghatan (KVS).
Shala Darpan is an online portal meant to maintain an online data base of each student. From attendance to examination papers, study material, medical conditions and health challenges, everything will be recorded in the software for any reference. The portal, developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC) will also provide a parent-teacher interface and also help parents to regularly monitor their wards. They will also receive routine progress reports of their wards, besides the conduct during school hours.
Using satire and at times emotions, reminding audience she was also mother of two children, she was at best to connect with the audience. Referring to the software Shala Darpan helping the parents to monitor their wards on real time basis, she said her own children were too happy not studying in the Kendriya Vidhyalaya. "I can understand how important it is for a parent to get timely first hand information about performance of the child. Parents of these students will not have to wait for the parent teachers meeting day," she added.
But the minister was quick enough to put a word of caution for the parents, asking them to remind their own childhood, "I know what it means when a teacher writes a note in the dairy. The child wants to hide it first from the mother and then from the father. If the note has to be signed by the parent, many here might have tried to copy the signatures of our parents," she added.
The minister advised parents to take feedback in the positive spirit. "Shala Darpan will provide you with routine updates, if you get to know that the child was not performing well, don't panic and don't pressurise your child. In fact it will give you time to work on your child at home," she explained.
Irani called the program a step in the direction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of e-governance, good governance and digital India plan. She also said that four states have expressed theirinterests in having a similar software for their schools.