Information technology (IT) is important in two areas of Curro’s business, namely the education of learners and the administration of the network of schools.
IT, as part of the education process, is increasingly topical. There are IT labs at all Curro schools, where learners receive IT tuition and IT labs are equipped with Sun Oracle terminal systems, which are cost-effective in the medium to long term, easier to integrate with the Curro network and energy-saving.
Curro has piloted the use of laptops and tablet devices to form part of its education process. During 2012, Curro conducted research that resulted in the first round of tablets being rolled out to five schools in 2013. Nowadays, learners receive their learning support material as e-books on tablets and will be in touch with their educators via C-space, a tool developed within Curro.
In terms of IT as administrative support, Curro invests capital and effort to ensure that appropriate systems are in place to monitor the schools effectively. The aim is to increase automation of processes to ensure that educators spend their time teaching and that the number of administrative personnel is minimised.
The reliability of Curro’s IT system is challenged by the lack of fixed-line telecommunication infrastructures at the urban edges where Curro generally develops new schools. Microwave technology has helped Curro to stabilise the internet in these remote areas and the company is continuously working on finding cost-effective, reliable wireless alternatives.