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Ministry Launches School Mapping Portal

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The Ministry of Education, as part of the Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), has launched a School Mapping portal.

The portal is a website that have profiles of all Senior High Schools (SHSs) and their geographical locations across the country.

The website would provide and improve access to information for educational planners and the public as well as address constraints such as limited public access to data in the education sector.

It would also encourage public participation and take feedback from the public which is often lacking.

Speaking at the launch, the Minister for Education, Prof. Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, noted that the School Mapping portal being implemented in four phases would use a Geographical Information System (GIS) to identify and locate Senior High Schools.

The first phase would enable users with the help of the internet identify a school by name, enrolment rate, West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination  (WASSCE) performance among others.

She observed that the portal would give relevant information on the availability of places of the Computerised School Selection Placement System (CSSPS) and the number of applicants to a particular school.

Information on teacher to student ratio of a school could also be accessed, the region a school is located and also help one to know courses or programmes offered by a particular school.

According to the Hon. Minister, the second phase would have a monitoring tool to be used to capture data from SHSs. Schools would have the opportunity to log-in with a username and password to complete templates of data collection required under the project.

This would enable heads of schools to submit accurate and timely data with support from their respective school’s ICT coordinator.

On-going school construction projects could be supervised effectively with the implementation of the third phase. Expalining this, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said when supervision visits were carried out, data collected would be entered directly into smart phone application and linked up with school profiles.

Also, officers using smart phones could take photos of construction works to use to verify the level of work progress. This would give accurate information of work progress in the sector.

The fourth stage of the school mapping project would enable the use of smart phones application to submit up-to-date photos of the school.

Additionally, monitoring templates and user log-in details would be provided for all SHSs in the country as a data collection method would allow for regular monitoring or ad-hoc queries. This phase would allow the public to provide feedback or register their grievances by sending a text message to a dedicated SMS number linked to the platform.

Prof. Opoku-Agyemang was hopeful that the mapping and profiles would be expanded to basic schools.

Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, Minister of Communications, in a statement lauded the platform, describing it as the government’s commitment on the need to use ICT as a catalyst for development.

He noted that the platform would ensure timely intervention where the need in the education sector would be identified and addressed.

Dr. Boamah said government is investing heavily on ICT and accessories to be linked onto the internet as a component of the e-platform.

The Hon. Deputy Minister of Education, in charge of Pre-Tertiary Education, in a welcome address Mr. Alex Kyeremeh,, earlier, said the exercise is a milestone on the SEIP in support of government’s Community Day Senior High School (CDSHS) project.

He described the portal as a design to provide information on both public and private SHSs to simplify educational management judiciously based on facts.

Mr. Kyeremeh commended the World Bank for agreeing to incorporate the school mapping project in the SEIP.

Mr. Richmond Atta Williams, Head of ICT at the GES took the participants through the highlights of the school mapping application.

In attendance were a number of selected SHSs in the Greater Accra Region, their students as well as Metropolitan and Municipal Directors of Education.


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