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SmartSapp app launched to combat child kidnapping in schools



Kidnapping in schools has recently been on the rise in Ghana. And there seemed to be no appropriate way of curbing it, that’s why MineX 360 Services has developed an app, called SmartSapp, SmartSapp enables parents and school authorities easily check when pupils get to school and when they depart.

Frank Natie, team leader of SmartSapp or Smart School Application, said at the launch at Holiday Inn in Accra on Thursday that the product seeks to ensure child security, parent convenience and promote smarter schools.

Here’s all you need to know about SmartSapp developed by Minex.

So, what’s SmartSapp?
SmartSapp is short for ‘Smart School Application’, a multifaceted application developed with the primary aim of strengthening child security in schools and giving parents more control to ensure it.

Benefit of SmartSapp

  • The SmartSapp app is here to eliminate that old-fashioned system. The app is bringing a scanning device and card with which parents would use to authenticate their identities within a few seconds.
  • The SmartSapp app computes the number of pupils present in school every day. This is done because parents can indicate if their kids will be absent on a particular day in the future.
  • There’s an option created to help teachers rate the behavior of pupils regularly so parents would know how kids behave when in school.
  • The system is also connected to banks and mobile money services. This is to enable parents to pay their wards fees given by the schools.

Schools that register for this app get to access the profiles of designated people (parents or other relatives) who would come to pick the kids up from school. The photos of these designated people will also be in the system for identity authentication.

Frank Natie announced that a pilot project was carried out and a number of schools have already subscribed to the SmartSapp.

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