Kendriya Vidyalaya has issued a circular, asking principals, teachers, and students of its schools to use Microsoft Kaizala for effective communication.
In 2018, Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) asked teachers and students to use Microsoft’s latest app, Kaizala, to communicate better. This surely seems like a great step, considering the lack of a good student-teacher ratio. While India’s average stands at 24:1, which is very poor compared to the likes of Brazil, China, Canada, Sweden or Britain, KVS has a better average (roughly 20:1), which is still not that great.
In recent years, India’s education has been put under a lot of scrutinies, ranging from poor quality of education content/syllabus to lack of teachers. KVS plans on bridging a lot of these problems with Microsoft Kaizala. And since every tectonic shift needs an epicenter, Kaizala will hopefully be that center point.
India needs a massive restructuring of its education system, considering that its education indicators do not favor it globally. In 2016, the United Nations published a report ranking countries based on its Education Index. Out of 188 countries, India was ranked 112. The first step in improving something so vital for social and national development starts with education. With over 11.5 lakh students, Kendriya Vidyalaya is one of the world’s largest chains of schools. Considering that the students coming in are from the defense and underprivileged section, it is extremely important that the quality is strictly monitored and updated very frequently.
With Kaizala’s feedback tools, including polls and surveys, education management can find out what they need to work upon to increase quality and efficiency. At the same time, the management can use the “Announcement” feature to announce important news, holidays or exam schedules. It also takes teacher-parent interaction to a whole new level, with in-depth one-to-one, focusing on student improvement.
“With the help of this application, teachers and administrative staff will be able to connect with parents and vice-versa, facilitating the sharing of regular updates on progress made by the students (and) various initiatives undertaken by the KVS.”, said Minister of State for HRD Satya Pal Singh at the Rajya Sabha. He informed that the messaging application will enable seamless information flow within the KVS organization and allows efficient communication and information gathering within the students, teachers, and principals.
After penetrating verticals like BFSI, Education, Healthcare and Public sectors and ingraining itself as a vital tool for communication, Kaizala has made its presence felt in the education sector. Apart from run of the mill features like sharing images, videos, contacts, and documents, the app provides practical features like announcements, polls, geo-location with photos, surveys, meetings, and more. Effective features galore, it aids in bridging the gap between the students and the teachers. One can say that this is an upgraded version of helicopter-parenting without the annoying element attached to it.
About Microsoft Kaizala
According to Microsoft’s website, “Microsoft Kaizala is a phone-number based, simple, and secure mobile chat app that enables you to connect and coordinate work across your network — your organization, vendors, partners, suppliers, and customers.”