The Ministry of Education , has launched a school data website with the aim of enhancing public access to information on senior high schools in the country.
Dubbed, “Schools Mapping Portal”, it is under the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP).
It seeks to improve research, monitoring and evaluation of schools for effective management.
The project uses geographical information systems to provide profile of schools, focusing on organisational and academic history and performance, courses on offer, status of school and location.
Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, launching the website said, the successful implementation of the project would enable the sector ministry to make informed decisions in planning and resource allocation to the sector.
“This would really afford the ministry the opportunity to make far-reaching decisions for effective planning and resource allocation as well as the demography of the community, patronage, distances, facilities in the schools and their performance,” she said.
The minister said heads of schools would have the responsibility of submitting accurate and timely data with support of the school’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) coordinators, adding that, “this self-reported monitoring data would be captured at regular intervals”.
In addition, she said the system would be upgraded to monitor and verify reports from the schools and contractors before effecting payment for projects executed.
Among the benefits, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang noted that the members of the public would have the opportunity to register their concerns about schools for quick remedy, adding that through that, the school would be able to use the feedback to improve their output.
She gave the assurance that a monitoring and evaluation team would coordinate the complaints and respond appropriately.
The Minister of Communications, Dr. Omane Boamah said the initiative would help complement government’s efforts in expanding the use of ICT to improve the education sector.
He lauded the objectives of the project, and noted that the government was investing heavily in ICT to provide internet connectivity for schools so as to support such projects to succeed.
By Lawrence Vomafa-Apkalu and Abigail Annoh