The Jakarta Post
The app is connected to an e-register that records students’ school arrival and departure time. (Jetschool/File)
Najib Yusuf, a teacher at Madrasah Tsanawiyah at-Taqwa 02 in Babelan district, Bekasi regency, has created Jetschool, an app to prevent students from cutting class as well as assist parents in monitoring students’ grades and school activities.
Najib explained to Antara on Thursday that he created the app in August 2017 and it is being tested in six schools around Jakarta and Bekasi by at least 4,700 students.
“Previously, the existing app could only be used by students, parents or the school. I tried to integrate the users into one app and, praise God, it was well-received,” he said. Prior to teaching, Najib was part of the IT team at Al-Azhar Rawamangun, Jakarta.
The app is connected to an e-register that records students’ school arrival and departure time.
“At the same time, the children's attendance is reported to the parents’ mobile phones. When they go home, the students fill out their attendance record and parents will know whether their children attended school or not in real time,” said Najib. “Aside from recording attendance, the app also has other functions such as recording activities in the library,” he added.
Jetschool also has features that enable parents to monitor their children’s grades as well as complete administrative tasks such as paying tuition fees.
“The big picture is that with this integrated app, parents can be more involved in their children’s education. In the past, they were used to seeing their children’s grades every six months. Now they can see their day-to-day results. This is important because children’s education is a one-time-thing that parents should not miss out on,” Najib said.
The app also helps students study as it provides lesson summaries. Teachers are also able to give out daily tests, grade the tests and report grades to parents all within the app.
Approaching the new school year in June, Najib said he had received interest from at least six new schools in using Jetschool.
“One school has in fact used the premium version of Jetschool, not the trial one. The other five schools will start using it in the new school year,” said Najib.
Sabrina, a student of MTS At-Taqwa 03, who is a Jetschool user, said the app helps her study, “I’m happy with the app because it helps me study and I can use it with my mobile phone.”
The Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry expressed its appreciation for the development of the Jetschool app and granted Rp 300 million (US$21,600) to Najib via its Technology-Based Startup Company (PPBT) program.
“As this is a startup, we could use the support. I hope Jetschool can be a management and information ecosystem for schools. The philosophy is that we want to involve parents in the most important aspects of their children's education in school, even from a distance,” said Najib. (asw)