Over 580 Kilkenny children skip school each day

More than 580 primary school students in Kilkenny are absent from school every day, according to data from the Kilkenny software firm SalesPulse.

More than 580 primary school students in Kilkenny are absent from school every day, according to data from the Kilkenny software firm SalesPulse.

This represents almost 6% of the the city and county’s 10,180 primary school students, who may be out of the classroom for a variety of reasons. The local company has developed a new app to allow teachers to record absenteeism at the touch of a smartphone button.

The app, ‘Rollcall’, was launched at the Irish Primary Principals Network (IPPN) conference held in Dublin recently.

Developing dedicated primary school software since it was founded in Kilkenny 10 years ago, SalesPulse’s ‘Primary Schools Administration System’ is already in place in over 300 schools across Ireland. The system tracks school attendance, returns to the Department of Education, bulk mails and texts to parents, parents contact details, school accounts and payments from students, among other services.

SalesPulse recently upgraded this software to a secure Cloud-based system allowing school principals, teachers and school secretaries to access the system from the classroom, the office or even remotely. While teachers traditionally manage class attendance on this system through a PC, many complained that they find roll calls time-consuming.

Updating attendance through the new app is simple, with teachers only having to flag who is absent. The app then updates the roll book for the school principal on the schools administration system.

“With almost 80% of people in Ireland owning Smartphones, our ‘Rollcall’ app is something new to the market,” said Brian Kelly of SalesPulse.

“We are confident that teachers will find this app extremely useful, saving time and hassle. It also means attendance records are accessible to teacher and principal immediately, alerting to any unexplained absences.”