A Liberian delegation has told a UNESCO conference that the Education Ministry here is putting in place a transitional program that will ensure a more effective and efficient electronic – based process that will promote simultaneous data collection, validation and data entry in Liberian schools.
A press release says the Liberian delegation at the Education Management and Information System International Conference held from 11 to 13 April at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France included Deputy Education Minister for Planning, Research and Development, Alton V. Kesselly and Research Officer Joe Kai.
According to the press release, the delegation emphasized that the development of a robust national system which will strengthen existing protocol is cardinal in addressing the challenge of the lack of empirical data which is a key aspect of education.
The dispatch from Paris says the delegation revealed at the EMIS Conference that at the conclusion of the program, data will be validated and analyzed in real time as its being uploaded to the server.
It says school mapping GPS coordinates can also take place which will allow efficient allocation of scarce monetary and human resources.
The new program which is jointly established between UNESCO and the Global Partnership for Education aims to support countries in maximizing the EMIS to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 4 Education 2030).
The program includes activities designed to generate knowledge, identify good country practices and experiences in the area of EMIS development, implementation and use and highlight emerging needs at country level.
The development of national education systems in developing countries over the past decades has been accompanied by an increased need for information and data.
The Education Management and Information Systems are designed for the collection, integration, processing, maintenance and dissemination of data and information to support decision-making, policy-analysis and formulation, planning, monitoring and management at all levels of an education system.
EMIS are also used to monitor that education systems are on track to meet international development targets such as SDG4 and national development goals related to education.–Press release