By: Adémólá Òrúnbon
Education Management Information System (EMIS) has been described as the central education data bank that would allow for effective data gathering, analysis, education planning and management.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Abayomi Arigbabu gave this explanation at the commissioning of the EMIS uint and the presentation on remote learning classroom held at the Ministry Conference Room, Abeokuta.
Arigbabu, in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Press Officer Mrs. Omoniyi Damilola revealed that using EMIS resources, the Ministry has also been able to digitalised many of its activities, such as admissions into the secondary schools, transfer, Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), collating schools data and has also helped informed good decisions to the advantages of the sector.
He noted that remote learning programme has also been included to promote accessibility to quality learning content delivery through sound pedagogy and concrete instructional materials, saying that digitalised approach would make teaching and learning easier from the comfort of the homes of teachers, learners and evaluators.
“Part of the present administration agenda has been to integrate technology into the education sector, through its technology and innovation platform. This has helped us tremendously to gather data on our students population, schools facilities amongst others. Without the necessary information, as government we will not be able to plan and make provisions, that is why we are extending and expanding the scope of EMIS unit.
The remote learning programme is to help our learners in solving some of the educational problems, our government through its initiative has pioneered efforts in remote learning through the introduction of Ogun Digiclass and Microsoft Office 365 respectively serving as the global response to the new normal trend in the sector”, he said.
He charged all stakeholders not to relent in their efforts to uplift every aspect of education in the state, he opined that the use of technology and it’s integration into the teaching and learning activities would help to improve and re-invent education to the admiration of all.
In his welcome address, the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics (PRS), Mr. Elijah Adewumi, submitted that the introduction of EMIS and remote learning classroom was aimed at initiating and driving innovative ideas aimed at improving and providing qualitative, affordable and functional education.
The director, pointed that the establishment of EMIS was in conformity with the directive of the Federal Ministry of Education to serve as a database for efficient education data management system for the Ministry and entire educational sector in the state.
Highlight of the programme was the symbolic teaching of remote learning classes in English Language and Mathematics to Senior Secondary School Three (3) students and presentation of awards of excellence for Hardworking and diligence to members of staff of the PRS department in which Mr. Tunde Akinremi who was given an accelerated promotion by the State government and the Deputy Director in the department, Mrs. Mary Akinola-Okereafor was among.