“We need to build the capacity of teachers” – Education Ministry CPO

In efforts to address future Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) and Education Data Systems software, the Chief Planning Officer of the Education Ministry, Nicola Johnson has said that the department within the Education Ministry will revolutionise the delivery of education in Guyana.
Johnson was at the time participating in a webinar called by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Headquarters in Paris.
During her presentation, Johnson said that capacity building is an important part of the successful rollout of the programme and policy.
“We need to build the capacity of teachers to utilise this system and understand how it will serve them.”
According to Johnson, the data collected by the EMIS can be used to inform decision-making. She noted that the issue of capacity building is currently being addressed since the Ministry is in the process of conducting an organisation audit which will highlight what are the needs that exist.
The Education Management Information System Community of Practice was launched in February 2022 and established three working groups to address specific aspects of EMIS development.
Johnson is a member of Working Group Three which met on Friday. Working Group Three is tasked to focus on the assessment of capacity development gaps and emerging needs.
The EMIS software is intended to improve information management and efficiency in schools. The software will enable teachers and policymakers to efficiently manage the sector data and take effective measures to address key sector issues. (G2)