Microsoft is once again driving innovations with its artificial intelligence (AI) developments. This time, a local government in India has leveraged Azure Machine Learning AI to help identify students who are dropping out of school ahead of the education year.
The Andra Pradesh government says Azure Machine Learning powers its method for finding students who need education.
Azure Machine Learning is a platform that allows users to create analytic solutions in a cloud-based environment. The service offers a simple UI and is noted for being a powerful tool for customers. The machine learning platform merges Microsoft's cloud technology through Azure with its analytic tools such as Cortana Intelligence.
Using cloud-based predictive analytics, the platform makes it easy to deploy predicative models. The Andra Pradesh government has used the service to analyze demographics ranging across academic performance, school quality, scocio-economic situation, gender, and more.
The app has found 19,500 Visakhapatnam district students who are at risk of missing out on education. Government in the region will now seek to provide programs and outreach sessions.
“The drive is also aimed at increasing enrolments at government schools by raising awareness about the advantages of public schools. We will use the predictive data to track, counsel and address the issues of the students, who are likely to drop out next academic year,” said officials.
Microsoft's technology defined what may lead to students dropping out. Among them were poor furniture, insufficient toilet facilities, and a lack of resources.
Educators in the region says they will use the information to spark an enrolment drive. It will take place between April 23 and April 30 to take new students and try to entice drop outs to return to local schools.