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Papua New Guinea

Technology to address school census form issues

THE issue of school census forms missing and not reaching the Department of Education is now addressed with a new technology.

Officers from the department met with Lae district schools principals, head teachers, technical vocational education and training school managers and announced the department’s plan of going electronic.

Policy and research acting first assistant secretary James Agigo said school census form is a vital document the department depends for planning purposes.

“We need information on that form to do better planning for the number of teachers, school infrastructure, creation of new schools and other education plan,’’ Mr Agigo said.

“Information used from that form for TFF is only less than one per cent while the remaining 99.9 per cent information is for planning.”

He said if the school census forms are not received, then the department used the outdated information and that is why schools are always complaining of insufficient funding.

Mr Agigo said Morobe is the third province to get the application and this will enable school authorities to send updated information for their superiors.

Acting deputy secretary for policy and corporate service directorate Peter Kants told school managers that countries around the world are using technology to improve education services so why not PNG.

“Thus, we engaged a software designer who designed an application for schools to use and send school information to responsible authorities using a smart phone,’’ Mr Kants said.

“The application developed is called MyPNGSchool and will be installed on school smart phones for school managers to send school information that can be received in seconds.”

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