If You Want To Use Nova-T 4 Then Move To Africa
As announced at Capita Conference last month Capita CS and Timetable Aid have teamed up to provide Nova-T 4 free to African schools.
Capita Children’s Services has announced that its timetable software, SIMS Nova-T 4, can be used free of charge by schools in Africa. The software has been donated to the charity Timetable Aid, and will initially be distributed to secondary schools in Malawi, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
The idea behind Timetable Aid was conceived by the charity’s managing director, Tim Hicks, when he learnt of Capita’s plans to phase out SIMS Nova-T 4 in the UK and replace it with the current version of the software.
Tim Hicks, managing director of Timetable Aid, said: “In many African schools, a lot of time is spent planning the timetable manually, which can be an arduous task. In addition, the need to manage resources efficiently is perhaps greater than in the UK. There are a finite number of teachers, teaching tools and even less money. With this software, schools will be able to manage their teachers, pupils and rooms more effectively.”
Phil Neal, managing director of SIMS at Capita Children’s Services, said: “SIMS Nova-T 4 is a mini management information system (MIS) for schools as it includes class listings, pupil information and reporting facilities so for schools that have not used a MIS before it is the perfect first step. It is also designed to run on low spec computers which is perfect for Africa where computers in schools are often less powerful than our own equivalents.
“We are absolutely delighted to be working with Timetable Aid. They are committed to helping these schools make the most of their limited resources.”
Timetable Aid plan to distribute the software to approximately 2500 schools who will be supported by a volunteer group of IT support workers from UK schools and local authorities who will help the schools install and run the software.