Saturday 19th August, 2017
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Minister harps on importance of data for quality education delivery

Minister harps on importance of data for quality education delivery

The Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwukah has said that reliable and valid data is vital to the delivery of qualitative and functional education.
Prof. Anwukah, who stated this in Owerri, Imo State, dur­ing the opening ceremony of the National Conference on Ed­ucation Management Informa­tion System (EMIS), described the theme of the conference, “Making Every Child Count,” as apt giving the importance of data for effective planning purpose.
According to a statement made available to The AU­THORITY by the education ministry, the minister said that the education sector within the last two decades had faced numerous challenges, ranging from large number of out-of-school children to weak gover­nance, but stressed that reliable data collection is key activity towards closing the gaps created by these challenges.
He noted that challenges in the sector which often resulted in the development of human capital that are neither self-reli­ant nor relevant to market needs underscored the fundamental reason for organising the maid­en conference on EMIS.
He disclosed that the 2015/2016 Annual School Cen­sus, which was flagged off in February 2016 has been con­cluded nationwide, adding that the 2016/2017 edition will be flagged off soon.
Declaring the conference open, Governor Rochas Okoro­cha, thanked the Federal Min­istry of Education for choosing Owerri for the event, saying that education tops priority of his ad­ministration’s programmes.
He called on the participants to come up with effective way of reliable data collection, as well as deployment of ICT at all levels of the education system.
On her part, the Director, Policy, Planning, Research and Development, Federal Ministry of Education, Mrs. Magdalene Anene-Maidoh, represented by the Deputy Director, EMIS, Mr. Matthew Nganjiozor, said the inability of most states to sus­tain the Annual School Census exercise has been a major set­back.

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