Ghana: ADEA WGEMPS in support of the ECOWAS EMIS team

Ghana’s Ministry of Education officials along with Ms. Rachel Ogbe, Head of ECOWAS Education Unit, Ministry of Gambia Representative and ADEA WGEMPS Officer after the validation of the ECOWAS EMIS Norms and Standards Peer Review Report meeting at the Ghana’s Ministry of Education. Photo credit/Alpha Bah

ADEA Working Group on Education Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS) has recently participated in a follow up ECOWAS EMIS mission in Ghana to showcase and validate the results of the EMIS Norms and Standards Assessment Framework Peer Review Process.

In April 2015, a delegation composed of representatives from the African Union, ECOWAS Member States Ministries of Education of Gambia, Mali and Nigeria and ADEA-WGEMPS visited the Ministry of Education in Ghana as well as its Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) unit. This unit is located in the Statistics, Research, Information Management and Public Relations Directorate. The purpose of this visit was to conduct the first ever ECOWAS EMIS Norms and Standards Assessment Framework Peer Review Process.

The subsequent follow up mission was carried out from the 20th to the 23rd of October 2015 in order to present the findings of the Peer Review to the Ghana’s Ministry of Education and to validate these results. The validation team was composed of Ms. Rachel Ogbe, the head of ECOWAS Education Unit, a representative of the Gambia’s Ministry of Education and an ADEA WGEMPS officer. The validation mission was successfully conducted with the Ghana’s Ministry of Education endorsing the report and its findings in the presence of the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh (MP). Looking ahead, the Ministry of Education is expected to draw up a strategy which will be used to address gaps found within the national EMIS system.

An EMIS peer review is conducted by a team composed of Ministry of Education representatives within member states of a Regional Economic Community and using the ECOWAS EMIS Norms and Standards Assessment Framework. These peer reviews benchmark good practices, identify challenges encountered in EMIS, assess how a country Ministry of Education has embraced the ECOWAS EMIS Norms and Standards and make requisite recommendations on how to enhance the country’s EMIS system. The main objective of the ECOWAS EMIS Norms and Standards is to avail a set of criteria and measurements for advocacy for improved practices to produce quality education statistics and information in terms of relevance, accuracy, comprehensiveness and timeliness.

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