Education Data Launched


By Aruna Rashed Toma Bangura

The Minister of Basic and Secondary School Education (MBSSE), Lawyer Alpha Timbo last Thursday 7th March, 2019 officially launched the Education Data at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

In his keynote address, the Minister said the formal launch of the Education Data Collaborative and data Enabler Product are very important as, according to him, it will ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong opportunities for all.

Presenting the Data Access Enabler, the head of Private and Public Partnership at the Ministry of Basic and Secondary School Education, Mr. Karim Sow stated that there are real issues around data gap and evidence lacking in data collection.

He said the data in the MBSSE is not quick to access as there are huge challenges on the quality and availability, adding that up till now, they are recording data on papers and memory sticks. “There must be data literacy for data users,” he said.

Mr. Sow continued that there is a big issue on standardization and data management, adding that the analytic and outcomes are not favourable.

The Programme Manager of Global Partnership for sustainable development, Victor Ohurugu said in order to look at the issue of quality education, they must address seven core challenges with a task team around data management.

He said he is excited and eager to see result and have access to quality data and information.

The Commissioner of Right to Access Information, Ms. Yeama Thompson, said MBSSE has brought together proactive measures on data collaborations but that it cannot be sustained without the collaborative efforts of the people.