Education Tracking System
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RapidSMS Education Monitoring Information System (RapidSMS-EMIS)

The school monitoring system is a mobile-phone based data collection system using RapidSMS that collects data about schools from school administrators and people who work closely with schools. Head teachers and other administrators who work closely with the schools send data into the system using their mobile phones based on a proposed schedule for data collection. Data is sent into the system on a regular basis like weekly for pupil attendance, monthly for reports on child abuse and termly for capitation grants made to the schools. Other data that can be collected by the education monitoring system include data on teacher attendance, presense of amenities such as hygienic facilities at schools.

Technically speaking, RapidSMS-EMIS leverages the work of rapidsms-script ( to provide an easy system for automated conversation-like communication between the rapidsms-emis application, teachers and other education specialists and administrators.

Reports that are gathered include:

  • Teacher and student attendance
  • Classroom and latrine use
  • Cases of abuse




    git clone

    cd edtrac

    git submodule init

    git submodule sync

    git submodule update

    mkvirtualenv edtrac

    pip install -r requirements.pip

    cd edtrac_project

    python syncdb --noinput

    python migrate

    python initialize_database

    python runserver


Set the environment variable $DJANGO_SETTINGS_MODULE to e.g. settings.local.

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