Saint Peter's Technical Senior Secondary School, under the auspices of InSIST Global on Friday launched its School Management System (SMS) and School Website, dubbed 'STP.Edu.gm,' at the school's main hall in Lamin.
The InSIST School Management System (SMS) is a cloud-based school management solution that enables schools to effectively manage their administrative works, students and staff members. It's also a user-friendly system that enables school executives to do more and it can be used for managing the day-to-day operations of the School. The InSIST SMS also enables school management to organise student's data, manage classrooms, track students' records and fees, manage attendance, automate enrolment control documents and manage faculty and staffs members, among others. The InSIST Global School Management System is the first of its kind in the country to be launched at Saint Peter's.
Delivering his remarks at the launching ceremony, Rev. Fr Bruno Toupan, the principal of the school, said the importance of such a laudable initiative cannot be over-emphasised in this age of revolution of information communication technology. He disclosed that the SMS programme launched at his school is a computer-based record management system.
According to him, 100% of the staff members of St Peter's are computer literate or semi-computer literate and even those that had never touched a computer before in 2013, now own and operate personal laptops.
To embrace the programme fully, Rev. Fr Toupan noted that staff members have to be computer literate, thus there is a need for the members of staff to be trained. He then commended the whole cadre of staff for having agreed to be students for a while, in order to learn computer skills and know how to use the School Management System Programme. The principal of the school disclosed that the programme has been operating at Saint Peter's since September 2013.
The principal thanked InSIST Global for enabling the school to have access to free Website, saying it is an offshoot of the School Management System. He thus added that with the support of InSIST Global Saint Peter's is piloting the use of tablets to replace manual text books in the Gambian school.
Rev. Fr Toupan expressed delight that students of Grade 8 and 10 at St Peter's now go to school with tablets that enable them to download electronic textbooks and other electronic learning materials and educational apps.
For his part, Seedy Bensouda, the chief executive officer of InSIST Global, said the spotlight of the initiative belongs to St Peter's and its teachers, saying they have embraced InSIST technology and made it their own, whilst commending the entire InSIST team for a job well- done. He noted that it is one thing as a company to build a good product and market its values.
According to CEO Bensouda, the MoBSE has taken the tablet project on board enthusiastically and have signed a MoU, with InSIST global to ensure its success, by providing all the contents they have and agreed to eliminate any obstacle to ensure its success. He revealed that St Peter's has emerged the leaders in pioneering ICT in education, adding that 20 schools from the initial 15 have taken up the charge to put The Gambia on the map in teams of ICT and Education.
Bensouda expressed hope that the number will grow next year as schools have realised that technology can create a major difference in terms of providing the quality of learning. The InSIST management platform, he said, provides comprehensive management platform that make the entire school paperless. He added that the system features over 150 reports and analysis tools, such as enrollments; performance and teachers contacts, time, among others.
The InSIST Educational portal, the chief executive officer of InSIST Global said it also allows every school to have a website with a built-in Education portal. Geoffrey Renner, the treasurer of the school also spoke at the ceremony .