The move is expected to allay the apprehensions of primary school teachers who claim that the data of Prerna app may be misused.
Uttar Pradesh Development Systems Corporation Limited (UPDESCO), an independent body, is carrying out technical assessment of the application.
Officials said the exercise that took off in August would be completed in next few days. “This is an independent security audit. The technical assessment of the system, data centre and security protocol of the mobile app is being done. We will get the final report soon,” special secretary, basic education, Vijay Kiran Anand told TOI.
“UPDESCO also conducts regular security audit of IT system of UP police women helpline 1090 and mid-day meal,” he said.
According to officials, the photographs cannot be viewed at block level – by teachers or any other authority.
President, UP Primary Teachers’ Association, Dr Dinesh Sharma said: “We appreciate every step being taken to resolve the issues raised by teachers. We hope the audit will help in addressing our concerns and make teaching a better experience for us instead of making it cumbersome.”
“We are not against Prerna app. We are opposing the mentality of some authorities who believe that we skip teaching activities or hand over our work to someone else,” he added.
Santosh Kumar Khare, a teacher from Pilibhit, who was awarded ‘Rajya Shiksha Puraskar’ by chief minister Yogi Adityanath on September 4 for his contribution, welcomed the move saying the security audit would help teachers as well as the officials of basic education department.
“Security audits should be conducted every time the mobile application is updated. This step will help in winning the confidence of teachers protesting against the app,” he added.
Prerna app was launched by the CM on the eve of Teachers’ Day after its successful testing in select blocks of four districts. Till date, Prerna app has been downloaded by over 1 lakh principals and teachers of 1.59 lakh primary and upper primary schools.
One the new arrangement is in place, teachers will be required to take selfies with students during attendance, serving of mid-day meals and before the school gets over.