Data compliance image with laptop and padlockAs a fully incorporated South African company, Engage School Management Systems is closely monitoring the emerging requirements of the POPI data protection legislation and is confident that it will always deliver a compliant product and service, thanks to its pre-existing compliance with data protection requirements in the UK, EU, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries where there is a formal data protection framework. Our parent is registered with the UK Information Commissioners Office and, more importantly than legislation even, we are acutely aware of the sensitivities of individual schools and groups in this important area.

Handling school data

Anyone working on Engage, at our Regional Offices and from the headquarters team, has to comply and abide by the Company’s Data Protection Policy. All Engage team members are trained how to handle school data and performance against the Policy is monitored closely.

Remote Access

The company’s policy extends to how staff handle a school’s data. We have a strict policy that, prior to remote access when requested, an authorised person at the school must first agree to the procedure before any work commences.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

The GDPR (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) issued by the European Parliament, is arguably the strongest data protection legislation anywhere in the world currently and further strengthens data protection practices of our group. It is already enacted in the UK and our group is on course to meet the mandatory compliance date of May 2018.

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About Engage

For over 30 years, our UK parent company, Double First Ltd, has been developing Engage, its award-winning school and financial management systems for fee-paying, independent, private and part-government funded schools, since developing its first products in 1987.

Our group has a staff of some 55 dedicated professionals which includes a large development department of analysts, developers and testers, with the balance split between the Implementation, Training and Support Centre departments.

Four regional offices operate in Johannesburg, Dubai, Singapore and Australia.

Engage School Management Systems (Pty) Ltd is our wholly-owned South African regional office in Johannesburg. It is now one of the busiest regionally focused offices in our group, having implemented over 24 schools with Engage in just 2½ years.