The Working Group on Education Statistics – one of the thirteen working groups of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) – constantly reviews the capacity levels of member countries in the area of education statistical information systems, through the National Education Statistical Information Systems (NESIS) programme, as part of its continuing capacity building efforts in sub Saharan Africa. Such reviews assist NESIS in determining the degree of technical assistance required for these countries. In addition, NESIS also uses the reviews in planning activities for the current year and beyond. To complement the various participatory capacity building approaches, including interacting with countries and sharing ideas and best practices, NESIS has developed an online version of its annual survey questionnaire. NESIS invited Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) specialists, comprising Heads of Planning and Statistics, Statisticians, Planners and Computer Specialists from Ministries of Education in 24 Anglophone African countries to participate in the survey, which sought to gauge the capacity levels of Ministries’ statistics offices. Fifteen specialists (62.5 percent) responded – these are Ghana, The Gambia, Mozambique, Eritrea, Zambia, Liberia, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Malawi, Namibia, Burundi, Botswana, Sierra Leone, Swaziland and Seychelles. The survey covered institutional information, including data collection mandate and reporting hierarchy; steps of data collection and processing; human and technical resources involved in statistical information systems; information services, publication, dissemination and use of statistical outputs; and good practices, challenges and country priorities in terms of key thematic areas. The succeeding section provides a summary of key survey findings.
ADEA. Working Group on Education Statistics
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