Association for the Development of Education in Africa lauds Ghana

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Accra, June 29, GNA – The Association for the
Development of Education in Africa (ADEA), has lauded Ghana for having
developed adequate data on its tertiary educational institutions.

Mr Makha Ndao, ADEA Working Group on Education
Management and Policy Support (WGEMPS), Co-ordinator, said Ghana and Seychelles
were the only two out of 23 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, which completed
the Higher and Tertiary Education questionnaire to UNESCO Institute of
Statistic in 2015.

He said many African nations were faced with
numerous challenges in the collection, compilation and analysis of statistical
data in higher education institutions.

He said higher education was one of education
sub sectors in Africa where it was very difficult to get comprehensive and
reliable statistics.

“In many countries, the biggest challenge is
also co-ordination the monitoring of education systems is the responsibility of
multiple ministries, agencies and departments across different levels of
government,” Mr Ndao remarked at the opening of a two-day workshop on Higher
Education Management Information System (HEMIS) Benchmarking in Accra.

“Each may have different needs for monitoring
and therefore may develop their own parallel monitoring systems without
necessarily informing others,” he added.

The workshop, which is being organised by the
ADEA in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU),
overall objective is to build a strong HEMIS that is accurate and supports
sector planning, monitoring, financing and quality assurance.

This would be done by identifying best
practices, and needs in terms of capacity building and strategy development
with specific areas that the universities would provide.

Participants were drawn from many African
countries such as Ghana, Zimbabwe, Burkina Faso, Mauritius, Senegal and Chad.

Mr Ndao said it was against this backdrop,
that WGEMPS and Working Group on Higher Education were committed to support
countries to examine systematically and strengthen the performance of their
education systems using the country led Norms and Standards.

He explained that this approach- uses
diagnostic tools for examining education systems and their component policy
domains against regional standards and best practices and in comparison, with
the policies and practices of countries around the world.

He said by leveraging this regional knowledge,
the norms and standards approach and methodology fill a gap in the availability
of data and evidence on what matters most to improve the quality of education
and achievement of better results.

Professor Mohammed Salifu, Executive
Secretary, National Council for Higher Education, acknowledged that African
countries do have the problem reporting on the state of affairs as far as the
status of higher education was concerned.

“Sometimes very basic information is lacking.
One or two countries obviously have being doing well. And I am happy to say
that Ghana has been consistent in terms of generation of statistics to reflect
what the state of affairs is as far as higher education is concerned,” he said.

He said the nation’s higher educational
institutions had their information management system through which they capture
their own data.

Ms Nodumo Dhlamini, Director of Information
and Communications Technology Services and Knowledge Management, AAU, said the
Association was facing numerous request for information on African
universities, which they would not easily obtained.

“We know that African universities are the
sources of data on higher education and we are keen to strengthen their
capacities to capture and provide information for national, regional and
continental needs,” she stated.

Dr Yohanne Woedetensae, Senior Education
Expert, African Union Commission, said the development of HEMIS was
instrumental to monitor the implementation of the Continental Education
Strategy for Africa and Agenda 2063 with respect to higher education

He said furthermore, benchmarking of HEMIS
would be supportive and complement to the African Quality Rating Mechanism.

He said robust Management Information System
was essential for effectual policy development based on sound, accurate, timely
and meaningful statistical information.

“It is necessary for good planning and
development of appropriate interventions,” he said.

Mrs Rachael J. Ogbe, Principal Programme
Officer, ECOWAS, praised ADEA for being a very reliable partner in the areas of


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