Malaysian schools offer daily report card — on SMS

From left: Dr. Fernando Im, Senior Country Economist for Sri Lanka and the Maldives, The World Bank, Hon. Eran Wickramaratne, State Minister, Ministry of Finance and Mass Media, Dr. W A Wijewardana, Former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, Prof. Indralal de Silva, Former (Chair) of Demography, University of Colombo, Prof. Amala de Silva, Department of Economics, University of Colombo at the panel discussion on "Demographic Change in Sri Lanka" moderated by Dr. Ramani Gunatilaka, International Centre for Ethnic Studies.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 15, 2006 (AFP) – Malaysian parents anxious to know what their children are up to at school will soon be able to receive daily SMS text messages from schools. The service is being offered at 88 schools in a pilot project but will be made available nationwide over the next two years.

“It still depends on mobile network coverage,” Junairi Jauhari, a consultant with the company offering the service, told AFP.

The service provides daily details on attendance, disciplinary problems, homework, exam results and school activities.

“This is a practical approach for parents to keep track of their children at school,” Education Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told the Star newspaper. Parents will have to pay a monthly fee of three ringgit (0.83 dollars) for one or two children and double that for more.