The Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) has invested AED40m ($11m) so far in school management systems in all state primary and secondary schools in Abu Dhabi, Al-Ain and the Western Region. “We cannot just have paper documentation. We use this technology as a tool to provide automation, flexibility and ease of work,” says ADEC strategic affairs manager, Alaaeldin Aly.

The system, provided by Canadian firm AAL, which was recently acquired by international media company Pearson, is supplying ADEC with the system. The technology collects a database for each student monitoring attendance, punctuality, grades and behavioural reports, which can be accessed by parents and teachers. The cost of the system is AED17m, with a further AED23m spent on the required infrastructure. It will monitor 140,000 students and 15,000 employees.

ADEC plans to integrate the private schools on to the same system by next year. The organisation is also working with the Ministry of Education to deploy the system throughout schools in the UAE.

The student management system is available in Arabic. Senior project manager Geoffrey Alphonso says most Gulf states have shown an interest in the system, with Kuwait’s Ministry of Education set to deploy the technology within 2011.