Directors of education in the Upper West Region has agreed to expand a UNICEF support program, Mobile School Report Card (mSRC) to cover the whole Region.
The eleven directors in the region came to this conclusion in an orientation of District Directors of education on Mobile School Report Card (mSRC) on July, 3 2018, aimed at widenig the awareness and re-awakening the zeal at finding innovative ways of improving the quality of teaching and leaning in schools. The program was organized by the regional education directorate, which took place at the conference hall of the regional office.it brought together District Directors of education, Planning, statistics and ICT officers.
mSRC is currently being piloted in 20 districts in Ghana. In the Upper West Region, three districts, Wa East, Lambussie and Wa Wast are the beneficiary districts. While its core specific objective is to promote sustained school attendance by pupils and teachers, it is also a general management tool as it has several benefits to players in the education industry.
The Regional Director of education,Mr Evans Kpebaa said as managers of education their primary responsible is to improve the quality of teaching and leaning. In doing this,they need live data to enable them take evidence-based decisions to improve upon the management of schools. “It is against this background that the mSRC comes in handy .it gives us live data in real time to enable us take actions in curbing situations that could have gone bad” he asserted.
Mr kpebaa sharing his experience from the Wa East District on the mSRC technology to collegea directors. He said mSRC is an effective system that reduces cost of supervision, provide accurate live data for quick decision making and serves as a base for improvement.
On his part, The Regional Planning Officer Mr Jelinge Mahama Iddrisu said the system is developed in such a way that will expose the dishonesty of headteachers during the data entry process. If a data provided in the mSRC shows good performance and does not translates in the performance of the pupils, them it is an indication that the headteacher had not being truthful with data. He further indicated that, the device itself has a way of cross checking such inaccuracies.