A Sunday Times article says South African schools that are using the cellphone technology to combat truancy have reported dramatic success rates.
Education authorities say an estimated 300 000 pupils in 440 schools are monitored by SMS service companies around the country.
Parents are informed via SMS of changes in schedules, detentions, minor offences, exam timetables and absentee pupils, ensuring they are more aware of their children’s activities and movements.
Fay du Croq, deputy principal of Hill High School in the southern suburbs of Johannesburg, reported that truancies dropped by 50% after enlisting the SMS alert service last month.
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