School to Start Text Messaging Services for Parents
Futian Middle School recently signed an agreement will a local messaging service operator to offer free text massages for six months to parents, making the school the first one to offer such services in the city. But the education authority in the city thinks it difficult to promote such services among schools nationwide.
The school has asked the operator to develop a phone software that is similar to WeChat. At first the operator was not keen in offering free services but later settled to lower the charges to 5 yuan for smartphone users and 10 yuan for those using regular phones. But since the software is still in the trail basis, the operator has agreed to offer the service to the school for free for the next six months to smart phone users.
This school messaging service will allow teachers and administrators to communicate with parents, although such using such services is not mandatory for parents, administrators and teachers both agreed that it’s important to communicates with a student’s parents. The service proves to be very useful especially to parents with young children. An example of this are students in grade 1 and 2 usually forget their homework or unsure of what to bring on their next class so teachers see its necessary to tell parents on such information.
Some find it unlikely that the service will be promoted nationwide, currently the service is only free at the Futian District School using mobile phone software since some parents are still using regular phones.
Other parents have also argued that it’s unfair to ask parents to pay for the services, but are afraid of not availing of such services for the fear of not receiving important school information. Others were suggesting that schools should use other chatting software such as WeChat or QQ.