Ed-Tech StartUp, TagHive collaborates with the Govt. of Uttar Pradesh to bring Class Saathi in 200 government schools across Varanasi District
Varanasi: Backed by Samsung Ventures, Ed-Tech Startup, TagHive announced today that they have received the official letter from the School Education Department of Uttar Pradesh to bring their flagship product, Class Saathi on board in 200 government schools in Varanasi. The decision was taken after the successful pilot test in around 34 schools with 60 teachers and 1500 students in early 2019.
Class Saathi’s AI powered clicker-based solution model along with its app, brings digital learning to children even in the most under resourced schools without the need for additional infrastructure like internet or electricity.
Class Saathi also provides an app for parents and an app for administrators to monitor progress in learning outcomes of the students and stage necessary corrective interventions in time. The startup recently collaborated with the Government of Madhya Pradesh and announced the launch of Class Saathi across 52 districts covering 2080 schools in the state.
Celebrating yet another successful collaboration, Mr. Pankaj Agarwal, a graduate of IIT Kanpur, Harvard Business School and CEO of TagHive said, “More than happy, we are fueled by purpose to do more, to lighten the burden on the education system in the country. What started as OUR vision is now nationally recognised as a solution to most technological challenges in education today. Our world-first solution has the power to make any school smart at low-cost without requiring schools to have internet connectivity and electricity.” He attributes these key Class Saathi features to their growth and recognition by various state governments.
Mr. Pankaj also says that the foresight with which their product has been developed complies fully with the National Education Policy. “The NEP calls for technological solutions for modern day educational problems. It understands the need for quick, accessible, evaluative techniques to not just improve students’ learning outcomes, but to also evaluate teachers’ performances. That is essentially the core principle of Class Saathi – to assess and provide real time scores so that all the key parties in the system are held accountable to their educational goals”, he said.
It is no surprise then that Class Saathi is coming up as a popular choice with various governments to help them maximise their educational agendas.
Mr. Vinod Yadav, also a Harvard graduate and Director of Progressive Foundation that will lead the implementation of Class Saathi, said “We are extremely happy with the results that Class Saathi has shown during the pilot run in Varanasi in 2019. More than 1000 students successfully answered 20,000 questions via Class Saathi platform in less than a month and we saw an average jump of 8% in their scores. Smart and light assessments and interactive solutions are definitely the need of the hour and we believe that Class Saathi perfectly suits the educational needs of government schools. While Class Saathi would be available in 200 schools of Varanasi, we intend to take it across the state going forward.”
Speaking about expansion, Mr. Pankaj said, “Any product can grow only when there is a sizeable need for it. According to NEP data, 3.22 crore (32.2 Million) students between the ages of 6-17 are out of school. NEP also attributes severe learning lags as one of the key contributors of student attrition. Class Saathi’s assessment model is designed to tackle these learning lags. So, the need for our product is being recognised as essential. If creating educational impact drives our growth, we only aim to expand our services to wherever it is needed”, he said.
TagHive’s aim is to reach over 5000 schools in India by the end of 2021 and they are already in promising talks with the state governments of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala and Jharkhand.