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Papua New Guinea

schools going electronic

SCHOOLS in Morobe are going electronic in terms of submitting school reports.

It begun in Lae district this week and will expand to the remaining eight districts in the next two weeks.

Lae district secondary schools principals, primary schools head teachers, technical vocational education and training school managers and elementary teachers in charge are undergoing training on how to upload their school information using a new application.

MySchool application was introduced to teachers this week by officers from the Department of Education to improve timeliness of submitting school census forms from the school to responsible authorities in the district, province and the department.

Policy and research wing acting assistant secretary for research, evaluation and statistics James Agigo said the application was developed to ensure schools data received are reliable, valid and accurate and is real time for the department to prioritise funding.

He said the data received can be used for policy decision making, budgeting and planning purposes.

Mr Agigo explained that the application will show location of information uploaded so school managers must stay at their school and upload and not to upload from anywhere because that data will still be rejected.

“School managers upload two sets of information, one for teachers and the other for students.

“In the future, further details of school infrastructure, learning and teaching materials including other vital school information will be added,” he said.

Mr Agigo said the application has three validation checkpoints before it hits the department database in Port Moresby.

He said once the school uploaded their data, it firstly goes to the inspectors for approval before it is sent to provincial authorities in the education division and provincial education adviser for final approval to reach the department.

“We are now in control and it is easy to hold responsible those authorities not doing their responsibility if schools data is not reaching our data base,” Mr Agigo said.

Morobe school managers are very happy with the new app, adding that they will now get feedbacks to issues faced in their schools because the app is user-friendly.

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