- Lists Adamawa, Borno, Yobe As Pilot States In Northeast
The need to identify and address peculiar challenges in the education sector, especially at the basic level may have prompted the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to initiate software where all data regarding education delivery would be managed seamlessly.
The project which has a five-year strategic Masterplan has Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as pilot states in which the effectiveness of the Education Management Information System (EMIS) will be tested, DAILY INDEPENDENT has gathered.
One of the experts contracted by UNICEF to drive the process, Olusesan Makinde, explained that once the system is fully deployed, education stakeholders would have ready information that would enable them to track teaching outputs, teachers’ supply ratio, locations where additional classrooms would be required among other benefits.
At a hands-on training session for strengthening the EMIS in the three northeast states, which was held in Abuja, on Thursday, the research experts noted that contemporary education delivery requires strategic planning and processes if the objectives must be met.
According to Makinde, challenges are thrown up by insurgency in the north, including the outbreak of Covid-19 requires that decision or policymakers must be armed with the relevant information to back their actions.
His words, “When you look at development, education is one of the important or vital vessels that you need for development and to properly plan you need to know what you currently have on ground and where there are shortcomings and in a situation where this is not readily available you may be planning in the dark, so that is what necessitated UNICEF to support the state governments across these humanitarian affected states.
“For instance in these particular three states I just mentioned, Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, there has been needing to relocate from some local governments, there has been insurgency, and you don’t even know where the schools that are functioning are for you to even think of maybe you want to re-allocate teachers to those schools. If you want to send students from one particular location to the other.
“Beyond emergency situations, education data is very important for planning, for instance talking about the learning outcomes, if you know that the students in a particular school are not performing as expected in terms of resources that you are putting in, then you probably want to rejig things there but if you don’t have the data available for you to even know that the students are underperforming because you require it to be in a format whereby you can easily analyse it and take that decision that since the students are not performing well to either create more schools.