New Application to Improve Data Collection

BY: NELLIE SETEPANO (Post Courier)

About 2.2 million children in more than 13,000 schools and 55,000 teachers will soon have real time data regarding their schools, after a K500,000 a web application was launched.

This is the first time the Education Department will collect accurate and real time data for its planning, budgeting and policy formulation.

The application “MyPNGSchool” web application can be downloaded and used by all school headmasters and principals, with data to be sent through a thorough verification process and then sent to the head office.

The web application to be trialed in Port Moresby, Central and Milne Bay schools will later rolled out through the country after a budget is set in.

The technology can give on time data and track the location of those submitting the information.

Schools in remote areas where communication network is not available will be given exception in the location in which they submit their reports.

Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra said the schools administrators will be asked to register a phone number for schools in order for the those data to be submitted through. Schools will also need data to submit the information.

Dr Kombra said by comparing the past data, the application can now address the issue of reliable school data that has been lacking for so long.

It is a must for all schools to submit the report where an SMS reminder is sent before and at the end of each term for submission of reports.

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill launched the application at the Parliament state function room yesterday.

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