implementing Education ERP

Top 5 Mistakes Educators Do While Implementing Education ERP

Being a key stakeholder or decision-maker of your institution is a really tough job. You have to juggle between different set of tasks, people and even tools that you have used in your regular operations. From infrastructure vendors to the accreditation unit of the state, you have to host multiple meetings in a day where you have to prioritize a lot of high priority tasks. 

Yet again, I also believe that there are certain operations in the school which has to be given the deserved attention in order to do justice with the time and money spent in implementing them. One such example is the implementation of an ERP in your institution. One has to be very careful in the proceedings to reap the full benefits of the ERP.

Below we have enlisted the top 5 mistakes that educators do while implementing Education ERP at their institution:

  • Not having the Right Market research

Thi This task is usually assigned to the most trusted advisor in the institution in terms of technology. There are a lot of School Management ERPs in the market nowadays. Finding the right one is the key here. This is really important because the ERP implementation needs the time of all the involved resources. When the ERP fails to deliver, the trust of end-users on such tools deteriorates. Therefore it is suggested that you do thorough research on the best School Management ERPs in consideration before making the next move.

  • Not having an ERP team

Once you have made the right purchase, your job is to start using the software. Just like any other applications, in ERPs we add data to simplify daily critical operations(say Attendance marking for instance). And this data will be available with the employees in the institution. You need to make sure that this data is collected and forwarded to the implementation team. The best way to attain this is by creating an ERP team in the institution who will be responsible to collect and enter the data. This team should be thoroughly trained on each and every module of the application to tackle any situation regarding the implementation. It has been seen that many implementations going downhill because of the unavailability of a SPOC/ ERP team in an institution.

  • Big Bang vs Phased Approach

Finding the right implementation strategy is a decision you have to take very carefully. Big Bang approach should be used with a small team of end-users or if the implementation is limited to only one single location. But in the Phased Approach, the modules trained phase by phase. This not only gives a gateway to minimize risks in the process change but also gives enough time to the end-users to cope up with the change management.

  • Not educating the end Users

This is the most common mistake that the institutes make after the implementation of ERP. Once the handover is completed, it is automatically assumed that the end-users like parents teachers and students would miraculously start using the application. This is however wrong as we have to put in efforts to make sure this happens. Today most of the ERPs come with options like SMS, Emails and even Push notifications, which can be triggered in a matter of clicks to make end-users aware of the existence of the ERP.  Yet again, if none of the above works, you can always have a small kiosk arranged in school gatherings like Sports day, Annual day or even PTMs just to make people aware of how to use the application. The benefits of this can be unimaginable at a later stage.

  • Not strict in enforcing usage

This particular point is pretty much the same for every new change that you want to bring in the institution. There will always be some resistance to change, but still, we have to keep moving for the greater good. In one of the recent chats with my clients, we found that they have made Employee leave application in Fedena a mandatory norm before an employee takes leaves. Having the data on the leaves taken by each employee,  they have certainly found success in saving time in the Loss of pay calculations on a monthly basis. So Enforcement is the driving factor here.

Even though I have listed the major mistakes, I have always found the employees and the management staff quite passionate about their work. The best tip to make a successful implementation is in the engagement of all the parties involved. 

All the very best for the Implementation of the School Management ERP in your Institution.

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Advantages & Disadvantages of Online Examination System

An online examination is the conducting of an examination or test online in order to measure student’s academic performance. Traditionally, these evaluations were conducted orally or through written tests using pen and paper. Students gathered in an examination hall or room where a question paper was handed to students and students had to write answers within the allotted time period. These questions were not seen previously in order to ensure a fair evaluation of all students. Students then turn in their answer sheets and after a period of time, evaluators share student scores. 

With an online examination, all these traditional elements continue to persist, however, the mode of test-taking has changed – instead of a physical examination hall, students instead log into an online examination system through which they access the question paper and share their answers. Evaluation and the publication of results also happen within this system.

What are the advantages of an online examination system? 

The advantages of implementing an online examination system at your educational institution are plenty. Below we discuss some key, easily accessed advantages of switching to an online examination system at your school: 

  • Environmentally Friendly 

Straight out of the gate, an online examination system cuts down the negative impact traditional pen and paper exams have on the environment. The sheer amount of reduction in the use of paper is immense and wastage of paper is also curbed. In a world where students will be graduating into an environmental crisis being caused by climate change, this kind of eco-friendly and forward-thinking approach to everyday processes is important. Students will imbibe these values over the course of their education. 

  • Technologically Forward

Another key advantage to using the online examination system is that it integrates well into a technologically rich world. The use of pen and paper in professional situations is reducing. Most work is done using email, text messages, computers for presentations, computer-based design, etc. Making students familiar with a variety of interfaces using this system is preparing them for the real world. It is likely their familiarity with such an interface and process will be especially helpful for events such as training and testing even in the future after they have graduated. 

  • Reduces Labor Cost 

The sheer amount of resources that can be used to set up a single examination is mind-boggling — from teachers setting the examination to administrators ensuring that enough copies of the exam paper have been made for all students. Using an online examination system eliminates many of these processes and the associated labor costs, which directly and positively impacts the bottom line of the educational institution implementing the system. 

  • Saves on Time Investment 

Creating, administering and evaluating a test are time-intensive tasks for everyone involved from the student to the teachers. Using an online examination system allows some amount of reduction in the time investment required of the examination process as a whole. This is because features like addition and import of questions, easy access to the exam for students, and batch-wise evaluations allow students and teachers to save valuable time that would ordinarily be wasted on non-primary tasks and instead direct those energies towards actually setting and assessing scholarly progress for students. 

  • Reduces Overheads 

The overhead costs of securing an examination hall, printing out multiple question papers, providing students answer sheets and supplementary materials can really add up. Switching to an online examination system, however, directly reduces or eliminates many of these overhead costs. Such a switch positively impacts the bottomline of the educational institution in question, freeing up much-needed resources for the school or college that can then be directed towards core responsibilities. 

  • Increased Security and Privacy 

A final advantage of the online examination system is that it allows for increased student privacy and an improvement in how secure the entire process is for all stakeholders involved. For instance, there can be no meddling or untoward activities within the system since there is no opportunity for malicious elements to game the system and produce erroneous responses or results, engage in cheating or any other unethical practices. 

Students also receive results confidentially maintaining their dignity amongst peers and encouraging positive growth instead of unhealthy and pointless competition with peers. This kind of security and privacy may seem excessive, but it really creates a healthier and more positive mindset towards the entire examination process for both students and teachers alike. Fostering this kind of attitude is to benefit of the educational institution on the whole. 

What are the disadvantages of an online examination system? 

  • Open Book Exams 

Due to the nature of the format of an online examination system, exams administered through this platform to some degree become open book exams. Unlike traditional examination settings that did not allow external materials into the physical space the exam was being conducted, nothing stops students from referring to their course materials during an online exam. Since there is also no direct supervision during the exam time period, the entire system is reliant on an honor system to prevent cheating or other malpractice. 

However, teachers can counter this effect by setting questions that do not rely on the student’s ability to look up information in a textbook or Google for data. Instead, questions should aim to test the student’s understanding of the subject matter. In some ways, these are predictors of the student’s actual absorption of the material being taught and thus a better representation of their scholarly progress. 

  • Onboarding onto New Technology 

The implementation of an online examination system necessitates a period of familiarisation on part of all users. Any change in structure will require some investment in onboarding on behalf of the educational institution in question. 

The best approach to take here would be to design training for both students and teachers during the transition from traditional examinations to using the online examination system. These training would familiarise students and teachers on the various features of the system making it more likely they will actually use it instead of sticking to the status quo in terms of how exams are administered at their school. 

  • Infrastructural Barriers 

While the online examination system offers great scope to increase inclusion and accessibility for students across the world, its positive impact can still be mitigated by infrastructural conditions of the location in question. Such barriers are out of the control of the system itself, however, it is undeniable that it is affected by it. 

In many parts of the world things like steady internet connectivity, the existence of an electrical connection, and other infrastructural considerations might interfere with how an online examination system will work. It is thus important to keep the audience taking the exam in mind when implementing the use of this system at your school. 

  • Not suited for Collaborative Evaluations or Group Projects 

The very nature of examinations in the online examination system prevents certain modes of evaluation being implemented at the school. The most obvious one here is that it is not an ideal platform for collaborative evaluations or group projects. This is because the nature of the platform is objective, preventing subjective evaluations where points are handed out to a group for subjective efforts, rather than points awarded on an existing framework. 

Conclusion 

Examinations are an inevitable part of the educational ecosystem. With evolving technologies, a globalized world, and an increasingly competitive educational landscape, it is necessary to keep up with the times. Along with ever-evolving teaching and learning methods, processes like examinations must also be examined. An online examination system is the product of such an analysis – it automates, digitizes and flattens the process to become more accessible, inclusive and accurate compared to its previous avatar. At the same time, it does not eliminate best practices in student evaluation and examination that have been built over the years. Instead, the online examination system is a culmination of the old and familiar and the new and innovative. 

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Why do we need an Online Exam System?

What is an Online Exam System? 


An online exam system is a standalone feature in a school management system that covers the experience of administering an exam, taking an exam, and following outcomes from end to end. 

It provides comprehensive examination experience for both students and teachers alike. It is less laborious and overhead intensive examination experience since it automated and digitized the examination administration experience, while also ensuring greater flexibility and access for students from all corners of the world.

Why do Schools need an Online Exam Management System? 


The traditional examination system has been in place for a long time. Over the years, tweaks in exam duration, question format, evaluation methods, and feedback have evolved, but generally speaking this pen and paper model has persisted over decades of education. So why the change to an online examination system now? 

Simply put, with innovations in technology, an increasingly globalized world, and data-driven insights into teaching and learning methodologies, an online examination system might provide a better perspective into the scholarly journey of a student. Examinations are not just a part and parcel of student life. They are an evaluative tool that allows students, teachers, and parents to track and measure the student’s scholarly progress. It also serves as a concrete metric on which to base learning and teaching decisions for the future. 

Unlike a traditional examination system, an online examination system is more enhanced in numerous ways. From easier setup to remote access, to faster evaluations, an online exam system is better at fulfilling its primary role of being an evaluative tool. 

What are the Features of an Online Exam System? 


An Online examination system can have a variety of features that would be helpful to both teachers and students alike. Below we discuss some key features in detail along with the benefits they bring to the table over a traditional pen and paper examination: 

1. Create Subject and MCQ questions 

The online examination software allows users to create examination papers by subject and using multiple-choice questions. This kind of granular ability to create curated questions ensures that examinations remain dynamic and up to date instead of being outdated or outmoded in any way. It also means that a constant stream of questions is being added to the institutional knowledge of the school in question or even archives of a question bank for future educators to use. 

2. Check the existing exams batch-wise 

It allows for users to evaluate existing exams on a batch-wise basis. This allows for task breakdown making it easier for teachers to check answers for questions in the examination administered. Traditional pen and paper examination evaluation can often feel like it is overwhelming due to the sheer physical volume of work to be assessed. With batch-wise evaluation in the online examination system, the task is broken down to be more surmountable, making it less time consuming and laborious in the process. 

3. View Exam Results Batch Wise 

Similar to the ability to evaluate batch-wise, the online examination system also allows exam results to be viewed as batch-wise. Once again, this allows students and teachers to take on a seemingly overwhelming task with more ease. 



4. Reset Examination Batch Wise 

Let us say an examination needs to be retaken due to unforeseen circumstances – from inclement weather delays to administration errors, there are many reasons an examination may need to be retaken. This can be done easily within the online examination system because the system allows you to reset an examination so all previous test scores and responses are disregarded and students can take the examination as a fresh exam. 

This also allows teachers creating an examination to create dummy exams and do a run through themselves to ensure that students have a hassle-free examination. This kind of beta testing is efficient and effective in ensuring a smooth examination experience for all students. 

Conclusion:

An online examination management system is the way of the future. It is not a revolutionizing of an existing system, instead of enhancement of it. It is the first step in better understanding and analyzing absorption of course material by students, recall of said material, the effectiveness of teaching methods being used in a classroom.

It is also an easy way to collect data to evaluate a student’s performance over the long-term. The results speak for themselves as it benefits all stakeholders in the educational ecosystem – teachers, students, parents, and school management. 

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Upcoming Feature in School ERP: Automatic Leave Reset

No more fretting about crediting the leaves manually. Now automate the leaves crediting process in just a tap. 

A good leave management system increases employee satisfaction, provides transparency and reduce the labor costs. Previously in Fedena system, to reset the leaves HR or Payroll manager has to do it manually. For instance, the manager has to calculate the last credited leaves and accordingly assign the leaves for the upcoming months. But with this new feature update, our software now has the capability to automate this entire process from an end to end perspective. Now for a year, you can set up the leave crediting value and frequency (as per your requirement) and the leaves will get credited automatically in the user accounts. This process not only helps the managers to complete their leave task each year effortlessly but also increases their productivity.

Why use the new Automatic Leave Reset feature?

The current leave reset feature demands too much manual intervention to function properly. Even small missteps can cause disasters like resource crunch, payroll processing errors, and legal complications. The accuracy is questionable. To stay clear of the administrative arsenic, legal landmines, and payroll pitfalls you need a robust leave management system. Before you start using the new auto leave reset feature, you’ll need to understand the whole process. 

How does it work?

The new automatic leave reset feature will not be enabled by default, you can decide when to use it. You will get an option to switch to the automatic leave reset feature. You can even activate this in the mid of a year by creating a leave year within the current year. Once you switch to the new leave year based auto leave reset system, there is no option to revert to the old leave reset feature.

Steps considered mandate in the new feature:
  • Update leave types

First and foremost, you will have to update the credit frequency and credit value for all the existing leave types in your institution.

  • Set the Leave Year

Next, you need to first define the leave year. The leave year that is activated will be the default year range for your institution. All the leaves credited will be under this chosen leave year.

  • Choose the Leave Credit Type

The leave credit will work the way you want it to. You can either go with the manual method of crediting the leaves to employee balance or just activate the automatic method. Also, for all the existing leave types you will have to choose the leave credit type.

  • Leave Credit Date setting

Choose when you wish to have the credit happening in the user’s account. Usually, as a practice, most companies grant leave credits to their employees as per the calendar year. But with this feature, the update can happen as per the last credit date of your institution. You no longer have to follow the traditional method of crediting the leaves.

In short, you can manage your employee leave data in just a few clicks! 

We hope you would like the new Automatic Leave Reset feature. To know more about this contact our support team. Also, keep visiting our blog for everyday hacks for your school management using Fedena.

School Finance Management

School Finance Management: How to Manage it Effectively?

Struggling To Manage Your School Finances Effectively? Here Is How A School Finance Management Software Can Help You

Financial management is one of the most fundamental practices in any enterprise or business including schools and other educational institutes. Financial management essentially means planning, organizing, directing and controlling the financial activities in schools so that the financial resources are used in an efficient and effective manner.

Financial management ensures that the administration and management team are able to manage the budget in a better manner and make informed decisions related to the school budget.

Unlike a business organization, in a school setting, financial management has three key segments to it:

  • Student Fees Management:
    For the school finance team, student fees are a large part of the financial management and school finance management tools helps to ease the process of student fees management in a number of ways.
    1. Create Fees:
      Creating and calculating the fees for a school full of students can be a tedious affair. If done manually, the administration team has to take into account the class of the student, sibling discounts, additional discounts, transportation fees, hostel fees, and many other such elements. However, with the help of a school finance management software not only does this calculation become easier but the automated system helps eliminate human errors – thus making the process of creating and calculating fees easy and error-free.
    2. Schedule Fees:
      The school finance management software also helps to schedule the fees and send out an automatic reminder to the parents about payment for the same. The software helps to automate the fee invoicing process, scheduling it and generating fees due to reports as and when needed.
    3. Check Fees Defaulter:
      This module of the school finance management software allows for the finance team to easily get a quick update on the students whose fees are pending. The system can also be set up to send reminders to parents about pending fees or even any other school-related payment. Fee defaulters report can be checked and the can be reminded about the pending fees via sms/email.
    4. Check Fees Structure And Fee Refunds:
      In a school system, it is very common for the school fees to vary from student to student depending on a number of variables such as class, sibling discount, facilities available such as a hostel, canteen, transport, etc. In this scenario, the school finance management app helps the team to check the fees structure accurately and issue out refunds when needed.
    5. Fees Report Such As Batch Wise And Students Wise:
      One of the biggest advantages of a school finance management system is that it takes the pressure of making and submitting reports. The administration team can use the school finance management software to create and edit reports related to fees. These reports can be easily customized as per the needs of each school.
  • Staff Payroll Management:
    Schools also have many employees and staff ranging from teachers, administration staff, department heads, trained and untrained support staff, various specialists, counselors, etc. This staff payroll management system helps the school to manage and deal with the financial aspects of staff salary, taxation calculation, special allowances, deductions, gross pay, net pay, etc.
    The software also offers employee attendance management for easy salary computation at the end of the month. Besides attendance data, the software also takes into account variables like mid-year salary revision data Additionally, it can be customized according to the school’s various policies such as pay policy, leave and benefits policy, attendance policy to calculate the final pay towards the end of each month.
    1. Generate Payslip:
      The school management system with the finance and staff management module helps to easily generate a payslip towards the end of each month. This payslip is personalized for every employee depending on his salary. Generating this same payslip manually towards the end of each month is not only a tedious affair but it is also prone to human errors and miscalculations.
    2. Pay Slip Reports:
      Besides generating monthly payslips, the staff payroll management system can also generate pay slip reports for the school. The reports can be easily customized and can be generated with ease and minimum effort.
    3. Approve And Reject The Employees Pay Slip:
      This is another benefit of the staff payroll management system as employee payslips can be easily approved or rejected by the employees. The employees can view their payslip from their profile and can either reject it, add remarks over it or approve it and get a PDF of the same.
    4. Create Payroll Group:
      Payroll groups define the payroll structure of the employees based on the payroll categories added to the group. Sometimes a single payroll schedule may not fit the requirements of an institution. This option allows the school HR team to create different payroll groups, to group employees who have a common payroll structure, payment frequency, and LOP calculation method. Each payroll group created must be processed separately. 
  • School Account Management:
    The school finance management system offers school and educational institutes a broad selection of features that empowers them with the ability to manage and control their accounts more effectively.
    1. Financial Reports:
      This feature allows the school finance team to view the various transactions for a customizable period of time. The reports show all the existing categories of income and expenses with an ability to view and generate reports in complete detail such as discounts, fines, etc.
    2. Transaction Management:
      The system allows for common transactions that are done in the school to be recorded by creating custom categories. Similarly, custom categories can be created forever new expenses and new incomes. The system also makes it easy to revert manage donations taxes and for easy asset and liability management.
SSRVM Case Study

Case Study: How Fedena helped 70+ Institute of SSRVM in automating their daily school operations?

About SSRVM:

SSRVM is one of the prestigious Group of Institutions in India. It was established in 1999,  to provide a world-class, holistic education to students across various age groups and multiple fields of study. So far, SSRVM Trust has established about 98 educational institutes, ranging from Pre Primary to P.G. Studies in diverse areas – viz: Management, Computer Study, Ayurveda medicine, etc. and has more than 40,000 students.

The founder of SSRVM Trust, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravishankar Ji believes that just information is not education. It is culturing our behavior and attitude. We can perceive things better. The purpose of education is to increase awareness. Only a school that can nourish inbuilt virtues can impart real intelligence.

Executive Summary: In this case study, we take a more in-depth look into how Fedena helped 70+ institute of SSRVM in automating their daily school operations. Also, helped in saving approximately 71% of staff time.

Challenges & Requirements:
  • SSRVM has institutions across major cities and also in remote parts of the country. They needed a Software which is easy to use even for the novice users. And which provide a common platform for all the stakeholders to connect with each other.
  • SSRVM was looking for a SaaS solution which would eliminate the need of dedicated hardware and save time in installation, maintaining, & upgrading of the software.
  • SSRVM already had a well-trained team of software professionals and domain experts (SSRVM Techsupport) who needed a ‘stable’ software with the potential to integrate multiple aspects of their schools’ day to day work with single-click report generation platform. 
  • SSRVM needed software with ‘complete’ set of basic functionalities and enhanced features to support schools operational needs. 
  • SSRVM Techsupport team wanted to implement and train the SSRVM schools staff by themselves and needed premium backend support from the software provider.
  • Every day all the schools were getting hundreds of admission inquiries. SSRVM looked for a platform which can collect, sort, and manage all the data at a single system and thus save time and labor cost.
  • With an increasing number of students, the fees collection process become time-consuming.  With their existing solution, SSRVM schools were not able to track fee defaulters and also not able to generate e-receipt in a real-time.
  • Schools were following the conventional method to manage attendance and timetable. And wanted to adopt an automated solution that will save time. This would help the Teachers to focus more on teaching and other productive tasks. 
  • Managing employees records and payslip for thousands of employees on an excel sheet were getting complicated day by day. SSRVM looked or a solution which can make this process flawless.
  • 70+ Schools under SSRVM trust had diverse grade book and examination requirements. Ex: CBSE, ICSE, STATE . and SSRVM Techsupport wanted a configurable solution to achieve this requirement.

The Solution:

After doing an in-depth analysis and evaluating the challenges, we understood that the Fedena Pro SaaS with Multi-School Dashboard is the right solution for SSRVM Trust. With SSRVM Techsupport Team leading the charge for implementation & training, Fedena was successfully implemented in all 70 institutions. Sooner all the stakeholders started driving immediate benefit out of the software.

Key Highlights of Solution:

  • Maintaining reports up-to-date is one of the uphill tasks for the admins. With Report feature in Fedena, the complete process became effortless as they can generate outstanding and customized reports in a fraction of seconds. 
  • With the HR module, all the information related to employees can be easily accessed from anywhere. For example: Easy generation of payslips. Availability of full information about employees, including payroll details in Fedena.
  • It automated the student admission and examination process and helped in saving a lot of paperwork, improving the collection of information at the time of admission.
  • Now maintaining student attendance has become simple and easy. In a single click, the teacher can mark the attendance of the students. The whole process becomes digital. 
  • Finance & Fees feature helped the admin in identifying the fees defaulters. The excel sheets got replaced by Fedena, where the user can keep track of all pending fees that are available at a time, can quickly generate reports on outstanding fees helping in easy management of all the financial records. 
  • Timetable feature helped in setting up various timetables and instant access to classroom and subject information is available to teachers, students, and parents. 

The Success:

Now, after consistently using Fedena Pro Module for more than 5 years, SSRVM employees are saving approximately 71% of their time, which they were loosing while managing all the tasks manually. With Fedena, most of SSRVM  administrative tasks have become automated, and it has become easy for the stakeholders to keep a realtime track on all the activities.

“SSRVM Trust appreciates Foradian Technologies Pvt Ltd. for their highly skilled consultants and excellent project management capabilities demonstrated during the implementation of this project. They continue to provide us with excellent operations and post-implementation services through their engineers, which ensures continued support for the Fedena ERP. We are highly impressed by the quality of documentation, commitment to adhere to high standards, and ability to provide the required training and support to our staff.”

Siva Kanchibotla
SSRVM Trust

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Infographic: 10 Reasons Why To Invest In Students Data System

Understanding the benefits of an Ideal Students Data Management System

The number of education choices available to students has drastically increased in recent years. With this increasing competition, it is essential for schools to not only ensure that they offer quality education but to function in a way that is efficient and smart.

Today, school and educational institutes have to deal with an ever-growing level of complexity, such as the variety, velocity, and volume of student data is one an upward rise. It has made it essential for schools to invest in a student database management system that can store, organize, and manage all the student’s related data.

Here are a few power-packed reasons that schools need to invest in a students data system

How Poor Parental Support Affects Student Growth And Achievement?

The main essence of a school is to impart education to the students. It is where parents send their kids to help them learn the various skills and information that will be needed to help them build a future and a career. These skills can range from academic skills of maths, reading, writing, history, etc. to even social skills of communication, social ethics, etc. 

By virtue of this understanding, it has gathered that it is primarily the school that is responsible for the education and skill impartation of the students. However, this is not true. Various research data proves that the home atmosphere and parental involvement plays a crucial role in the growth and performance of a student. 

Early Learning

For every student, the process of early learning starts in the home wherein an informal way. Parents teach their kids the fundamental skills, values, and essential attitudes necessary for daily living. This unwritten knowledge is vital as it helps the children to build coping mechanisms to successful adult life. However, in the absence of this learning in early life, or the case of parents not passing down these social cues, the kids find it difficult to adjust into the social environment of the school. By teaching the young kids’ school readiness, the parents have a significant influence on how well they will perform. 

For instance, it has been proven time and again that reading improves greatly when parents and children read together at home. The action of daily reading enhances the child’s reading abilities.

Shared Academic Inspirations 

Once the child starts attending a regular school, most parents have a lot of educational aspirations for their children’s academic growth. Over the years, research has proven that the academic success of students linked to the values and aspirations that they share with their parents. These shared aspirations serve to motivate the students, as the parents and students set learning goals together. These do not necessarily have to be lofty goals but can also be small and simple goals such as improving the grade by a certain percent. 

Improved Learning Mindset

Children who receive support their parents develop an appropriate mindset, motivation, and self-discipline at school. Disengaged parents who are not interested in the academic life of their kids often promote school failures. Create of a generation of students not interested in studying or in gaining information.

For students who have supportive parents guiding them at home, it has noticed that these students also are more likely to enjoy school. Thus, parental involvement and support at home not only enhance academic performance, but it also has a positive influence on a student’s mindset, attitude, and behavior. Parents constant involvement affects the child’s attitude toward school and classroom conduct.

For instance, these students have a better attendance record as they have supportive parents who help prepare them for school every day. Similarly, these students have a better performance when completing homework or submitting assignments on time because of the help and guidance available at home. However, students who lack supportive parents have to struggle on their own. This not only affects their performance but at the same time, it also came negatively impacting their self-esteem.

Improved Classroom Behaviour

Parental involvement also has a positive influence on student attitude and behavior. It has observed that children on disengaged parents have a negative attitude in the classroom and are more disruptive because of the lack of consequences at home. All this is because of poor parental support, which is also related to parental monitoring. When the student gets monitored at home for their behavior, then they behave appropriately in school, pay more attention in the classroom, and eventually perform better in the studies. 

Better Teacher Morale

The parents who are involved in the day to day learning of their kids are more aware and have a greater appreciation for the challenges that teachers face in the classroom. They appreciate the teachers, and this goes a long way in boosting teacher morale. The constant communication between home and school helps a teacher to know a student personally, understand their challenges, and guide them in a better manner. This, in turn, allows the teacher to teach the student more effectively as well as personalize teaching experience for the students who are facing the challenges. For instance, if the teacher is aware that the parents do not speak English in the house, then she tries to pay special attention to the student in the classroom. Help them to overcome any language challenges. Also, regular parent-teacher communication helps to oust any distrust or confusions that may exist between teachers and parents.

Better Rate Of Academic Success

Becoming involved in their children’s education gives parents a better understanding of the school curriculum and activities. They are more aware of the quality of education their child is receiving and can enhance it further by adding extra classes or tuitions if needed. This helps to improve the performance of the students and makes them confident learners. 

WHAT ARE THE STEPS PARENTS CAN TAKE TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN THEIR CHILDRENS SCHOOL LIFE?

  • Read aloud to your preschooler every night to inculcate an interest in books and reading.
  • When selecting a school for your child, choose a school with a school management software like Fedena which allows you to monitor you your child easily and communicate with the class teacher
  • Team with the school, and download the school management app to be able to communicate with your school and 
  • Praise your child’s effort in the classroom and celebrate success every small success
  • Have regular heart-to-heart discussions at home about successes and problems in school.
  • Investigate your child’s academic problems before assigning blame.
  • Regularly help with homework, assignments and other tests to help prepare your child for the next day at school  
  • Attend all parent-teacher meetings 
  • Pay attention to your child’s absentee and discipline notes from school.
  • Make school a priority over other things and teach the same to kids
  • Discuss realistic long-term school and life goals with the students.
School Management Mobile App

Top 5 Features of School Management Mobile App That Will Keep You On Track

Stay efficient on the go with these school management mobile app features.

What is school management software?

School management software is an application that helps manage all the processes at your educational institution. The right school management software is an organizational boon to any school or college. It is because most rules-driven processes can be automated and digitized to be performed by the school management software.

It includes everything from the submission of application forms during admissions to generating individual fee receipts en masse for the student body. School management software is thus the ideal companion to ensure the smooth functioning of any educational institution on a day to day basis.

How does a school management mobile app help?

While school management software is a useful tool in any educational institution’s arsenal, one can recognize its full worth when using it on a mobile device. The full power of school management software gets unleashed by its suitability to be used on the go, using people’s devices.

Research shows us that most people use mobile devices – like mobile phones or tablets – to access their online portals. In this fast-paced world, a tool like a school management software becomes a right partner in the educational ecosystem when people can use it from anywhere at any time and across their devices. A seamless experience across devices and platforms in this regard is key to increasing usage on a consistent base by various stakeholders in the industry.

How features of school management mobile app improve efficiency?

One of the noticeable advantages of using ERP apps is how it makes all stakeholders in the educational ecosystem more efficient in terms of processes on the day-to-day. People can manage their daily tasks more efficiently and effectively. Such outcomes are only enhanced when school ERP mobile app put in use.

Below we discuss the features of school software that get enhanced when used on mobile devices:
  • Timetable Tracking

Staying on track means having easy and readily available access to one’s schedule. It is especially the case for students, who alongside their scholarly pursuits are also learning how to be organized and maintain consistency in their life. These soft skills are essential in the real professional world, where their career success will depend on their ability to discipline themselves and remain productive even under adverse conditions.

In this sense, having a school management mobile app that shares timetable details in real-time, along with allied information helps students stick to a schedule and build habits that will make them timetable oriented in the future also.

  • Fees Management

Fee payments are crucial to school and college management since it directly impacts the bottomline. It is also an indicator of the financial health of a school and a process that is highly sensitive. Fee generation and payment is a high stakes process – it is essential to reduce error rates and remain accurate in terms of details.

A school management software is thus a perfect fee management system that will be able to take over the end to end fee process for any educational institution. The advantage of using school management app is that parents can make fee payments and receive receipts for dues cleared on the go.

The school ERP app enables them to make secure payments through a payment gateway from anywhere at any time and from the device of their choosing. Both parents and school management can rest easy knowing that this vital process is proceeding smoothly and efficiently, while also being convenient for all stakeholders involved.

  • Attendance

Attendance tracking signals the student body health of any educational institution. Patterns in attendance can be studied to understand trends that indicate illness, blockers to attendance, or even students who might be falling behind in some way or another. But attendance tracking in a school management app is not just limited to spotting these trends. Attendance is also a safety issue for a vulnerable populace – the student community.

Being able to use attendance tracking via the mobile app in real-time helps parents and teachers and management be aware of a student’s whereabouts or track where they last were. While independence is encouraged, a school’s primary mandate is also to ensure the safety and security of a student – this is made possible on a day to day basis by the attendance tracking feature in the school management app.

  • Messaging Platform for Notifications and Alerts

Staying up to date in real-time leads to more efficient days for students, teachers, parents, and management at any educational institution. A school management mobile app is especially useful in this regard – it can send out system-wide alerts and notifications in a matter of moments and reach the people it wants to on their mobile devices. No more sending out circulars or making endless phone calls to update stakeholders in the educational ecosystem of what is happening on the day-to-day.

Instead, use instant SMS or email notifications or in-app announcements and messages to keep everyone in the loop. Notifications and alerts can be set up and muted for a variety of purposes, along with also being able to select an audience of one to pre-selected groups to receive such alerts and notifications. These alerts and notifications also keep in mind privacy issues since they are within the school management software platform itself and can be kept confidential to a chosen audience instead of being a system-wide alert if the sender of the notification or alert so desires.

Automated alerts and notifications can also be set up to share confirmations or other information triggered by internal processes to relevant parties. This kind of automated messaging system ensures a reduction of burden on the time and labor resources of an educational institution.

  • Transport Tracking

Keeping student’s safer and secured at an educational institution is a vital part of every school. It includes during their commute to and from school. Parents and school management need to naturally be able to track the whereabouts of every individual student at any given point of time during the day. It is made feasible through the transport management feature in the school management app. It allows parents and administration to track what transport vehicle is present at the school, which one every individual has been assigned to, and also follow the whereabouts of the vehicles in real-time.

The transports management module also defines routes and stops for a school transport vehicle which keeps parents apprised about the route students are taking to and from school. Having such a feature available on the school ERP app ensures that parents and management can access this information at any time from their mobile devices – no need to log into a cumbersome dedicated system to find out this information.

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Why are school management apps useful for fees payment?

Pay fees on the go with your school management app

What is a school management app?

A school management app is a tool, platform, or application that helps educational institutions like schools and colleges manage their processes effortlessly. A school management app is useful to every stakeholder in the educational ecosystem – from students, parents, teachers, administrators, and management. The goal of having this tool in institutes is that it can be used easily on the go to manage all administrative tasks and processes and keep yourself up to date with what is happening at your school or college.

How are school management apps useful with the fee payment process?

Fee processing – from generation to payment – is one of the most sensitive processes at any school or college. Because of this, it deals with confidential financial information and also directly impacts the bottomline. So how would have features related to the fee process on the school management app help?

Below we discuss in detail the top three advantages of fee processing on your school management app:

  • Pay anywhere at any time

The biggest hassle of fee payment has often been the requirement for the physical presence of the payee to pay the fees. However, with the implementation of a school management app, parents can pay school fees from anywhere and at any time using their mobile devices. The school management app shares the due fees within the app itself, and the payment of said fees also takes place in the app. It makes the payment easy and convenient but remains secure thanks to inbuilt safety measures on the app.

  • Secure payments on the go

While ease and convenience are essential factors in ensuring the adoption of the school management app by parents, it is also vital that at the same time, their financial information remains protected. To this end, robust school management apps like Fedena guarantee secure payment portals in line with best industry standards to ensure that financial information remains secure during payment. Such payment gateways are highly safe but also easy to use, making them the best option for the fee payment feature in school management apps.

  • Automated fee receipt generation

The final step that signals the completion of any fee payment process is the generation and sharing of the receipt for successful fee payment with the payee – in this case, the parent of the student in question. Fee receipt generation is done en masse and can thus be a cumbersome, time consuming, and labor-intensive process. However, with your school management app’s automated fee receipt generation feature, this step becomes a breeze. Even better, customize the receipts to accounts, groups, or individual students as needed.

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Top hidden features of Fees Management Software that will make your life easier

Fees management software is enhancing the entire payment process.

What is fees management software?

Fees management software is a tool, platform, or application that helps educational institutions like schools and colleges plan and manage all of their fee payment-related processes. A good fee management software manages the end to end fee payment cycle – from the calculation of fees, accounting for additions and deductions, fee due notice, fee payment portals, and fee receipt generation.

Fee management software ensures that the process of fee payment for parents and fee collection for management remains a safe, secure, and hassle-free experience. It also ensures that an ongoing record is remain maintained for the administration of all these sensitive financial transactions.

Why do we need fees management software?

Fee generation and payment is an essential process for any educational institution since it concerns itself with the bottom line. Fees management software automates and digitizes this entire process, making it less prone to human error and also ensuring that it occurs seamlessly for parents and management. Parents benefit from the implementation of a fees management software because they are sent timely reminders to complete the fee payment and can make the payment from anywhere at any time and from any device. For management, automating the process reduces the error rate and ensures that fee payment becomes a hassle-free process in terms of collection and generation of receipt, while also reducing labor costs, thanks to lowered dependency on the accounts team at their educational institution.

What are the top hidden features of fees management software?

Robust fees management software like Fedena automates the entire fee process for parents and school management. They virtually automate and digitize existing processes to reduce time and labor burden on the educational institution. But there are also many hidden features that might not be as intuitive as the pen and paper process, but enhance the fee process to be more useful to stakeholders.

Below we have discussed some of these features:

  • Multiple Accounts

Online fees management system gives users the ability to group fees into different account heads. This is done to ease the process of accounting. For instance, let us say that a specific department collects multiple types of fee – like the recreation department collects both arts and crafts related fees as well as sports fees.

The fees management software will enable users to see these fees individually but also group, if necessary. It does not just stop with the maintenance and delineation of records in this way. Fee reports also give users the option to filter accounts under this, making it an end to end experience for users wishing to study financial reports.

  • Fee Receipt Sets

Fee receipts are an essential final step of any fee payment process that indicates the closing of the fee payment process. These receipts are necessary as a signifier, but also vital for parents paying the fees for their financial records. In many instances, since students are on differing fee bands, participating in different activities that accrue additional charges, or perhaps responsible for paying fines, the receipts have to be individually designed and generated.

However, with robust fees management software, users can group different fees based on the accounts they fall under, to different receipt sequences and header designs. This ultimately results in dedicated fee receipts, fee receipt generation processes, and customized designs for specific needs. This kind of customization would initially be very time and labor-intensive using a traditional pen and paper process, but thanks to fees management software, it becomes much more comfortable and less time consuming to generate such receipts.

  • Financial Year

Fees generation and payment are not a standalone feature of educational institutions. They are part of a much larger entity that reflects the financial health of the school. This is why many schools and colleges nowadays rely on the efficiency and error-free character of a fees management software to organize and maintain fee-related records. When approaching the fees process holistically, it has noticed that they are part and parcel of how the financial year pans out for an educational institution like a school or a college.

For instance, a newly debuting financial year provides a logical division for each year’s reports. When maintaining the fee records following the same timeline and logic, then fees become an integral part of the financial reports that are generated by the fees management system. So next time you set up a fee process, create a financial year before configuring the fees to dovetail with the same.

  • Master Particulars:

Avoid confusion and complexity while dealing with different fee categories. This feature allows creating distinctive Master Particulars to use them under different fee categories. Link the existing fee categories to the Master Particulars created, to use them in the further transaction processes.

  • Master Discounts:

Fee generation and payment is a highly rules-driven process, making it an ideal process that needs to be automated and digitized. Fees management software is particularly adept at this. However, despite this process being so rules-driven, there are always multiple customized exceptions – an example of this is deductions or discounts in the fee-based on every individual student’s requirements.

Such discounts can range from awarded scholarships to waivers need-based exceptions or adjustments against other payments. All these discounts can be highly individualistic and vary from time to time and student to student. It is thus necessary the schools must have an exhaustive list of all the discounts.

In fees management software, such a list would be called Master Discounts. Master Discounts is a distinctive category that lists all the discounts that apply under different fee categories. When generating a fee, implement existing discounts by linking them to the Master Discounts to avoid the complexity and confusion involved in doing granular transactions. Having such a Master Discounts list reduces errors and missteps when generating the fees due for any students.

  • Multiple Receipt Number:

Fee receipt generation is an essential step of the fee process and as any finance team member will tell you – the most cumbersome one since it requires a high level of precision. Sometimes it is prone to human error, or things slip through the cracks, resulting in time and labor overload for both management in an educational institution as well as parents. At the same time, fee receipts are highly sensitive documents that require a high level of accuracy also.

So how can one efficiently generate multiple receipts, maintain clear records of the same, and still maintain high accuracy and a low error rate?

Fees management software is perfect for the job. It is especially the case for the mass generation of receipts for entire classes, departments, or account groups. The fees management software can easily handle the load but also maintain records by generating specific receipt numbers for each collection in the transaction when related fees have applied for all students in a given account or department or group. It means that while the fees are the same and get collected in a group, individual records are maintained ensuring all financial records remain accurate and clean.

SMS Module

Latest Upgrade! We have enhanced our SMS Module

A good communication system not only enhances the relationship between parents-teachers but also increase the parent’s involvement in their child education. Implementing a better communication platform is not an easy task, and that’s why the Fedena’s messaging alert system comes into play.  It allows schools to quickly send messages to a defined list of recipients and keep them updated about their child performance. 

The effective communication system allows schools’ to send last-minute updates to parents such as if any event is getting rescheduled or canceled; emergency holidays; fees submission deadline; availability of transport or change in a bus route. In any event, people need to know – right now. 

The SMS notification system utilization evolved a long way. Text messages are used not just for the people to communicate with their loved ones and friends but also to receive notifications about certain things of their interest. 

Using Fedena, in a single click institute can easily send alerts to the recipients without having an internet connection, this means, your message notifications will be received instantly across an array of the available handset and device types. 

This time the SMS feature in Fedena is improved to provide a better user experience. UI/UX of sending SMS to the target audience is also changed. Schools can now send notifications related to Gradebook, Transport, Reminder module via SMS (Manual send). Also, users can create and edit the templates. There is an improved SMS Log to view the status of the Custom, and Automatic SMS sent (using models or otherwise). Recipients will receive real-time information and automated SMS notifications.

Below we have highlighted how you can use the updated SMS module:

  1. First Go to Collaboration then Click on SMS Module. 
  2. Next, you can see the updated dashboard with updated features.
  3. In the “SMS setting”, easily manage the application and general settings. The UI/UX is improved to keep it simple and subtle.
  4. In “Send SMS”, Define the Target Audience. 
    • If you wish to send a message, first select the recipient category and define the Audience. Select the template or create one. 
    • Also, you can directly send a message instead of using the template.
  5. In “Birthday SMS”, you can create and send a birthday SMS. 
    • Select the recipient category. Select the batch/department. 
    • The recipients who have birthdays on that particular day will be listed. 
    • Choose a template from the list of birthday templates created or create a new template of your wish. Or, you can type a birthday message and send it to the recipient.
  6. From the “SMS Logs”, you can check the status of the messages sent. The custom messages that have sent will no longer appear with the automatic alerts. The messages that are triggered by the admin/user will appear under Custom Messages.
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We hope you liked the new upgraded version of the SMS feature. To know more about this contact our team. Also, keep visiting our blog for everyday hacks for your school management using Fedena.