UNICEF / Ghana - Development of the Mobile School Report Card (mSRC) application to collect up-to-date data on key education indicators at schools at district levels.
In 2011, the Ghana Education Service (GES) introduced a paper-based School Report Card (SRC) to biannually capture and report on the teaching and learning environment in basic schools. The SRC was implemented in 75 districts and gathered data relating to enrolment, facilities, staffing, teacher and pupil attendance, funding to monitor the progress of teaching and learning, and other educational affairs. Despite this progress, the SRC was inefficient in collecting, processing, and sharing timely data. As such, the GES with support from UNICEF developed an Android mobile phone application- the Mobile School Report Card (mSRC), to collate existing data from the paper-based school report card. An initiative known as the Strengthening Teacher Accountabilities to Reach every Student (STARS) program was also developed to support targeted teaching.
The mSRC was identified as the tool to monitor the effectiveness of the STARS program. To strengthen the monitoring and evaluation of student and school performance in delivering targeted training, Bewsys was contracted to upgrade the existing Mobile School Report Card (mSRC) Android mobile phone application
The upgraded mSRC designed by the Bewsys team included an archiving system, electronic library domain and virtual support desk to enhance its usability and response to the program's requirements. The team worked in close collaboration with the end-users(i.e. the headteachers and circuit supervisors) and provided hands-on training to ensure that the newly developed functions and features were user-centered to deliver valuable user experience.
The new mSRC application enhanced the delivery of quality basic education by tracking and evaluating data on pupil’s learning progress and school performance to strengthen teachers accountability to every student. With the Mobile School Report Card (mSRC),it is easier for headteachers and circuit supervisors to generate reliable, quick, and up-to-date data on key education indicators at schools in the UNICEF supported districts for better planning and decision making. This contributes to the attainment of quality education, reduced inequalities, and industry and infrastructure innovation.
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