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Cote Dlvoire,Seychelles : ADEA congratulates Ghana and Seychelles on the quality of their Higher Education Management Information System (SIGES).

The Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) welcomes the quality of management information systems that Ghana and Seychelles have developed for their higher education institutions. ADEA had the opportunity to express its congratulations at a technical workshop on the comparative analysis of Information Systems for the Management of Higher Education (SIGES), which were held on 29 and 30 June 2017 in Accra, Ghana, its Working Party on Education Management and Policy Support (GTGEAP) and the Higher Education (WGHE) Working Group, in collaboration with the Association of African Universities (AAU).

The Information Systems for Management Education (EMIS, known in English Education Management Information Systems SJS) facilitate data collection, processing, analysis and reporting on the education sector - Including schools, students, faculty and staff. administrative and technical. Establish quality SIGES for African higher education institutions to provide quality information, inform management decision-making and facilitate planning, monitoring and evaluation, as well as funding and Rational quality assurance of the sector.

"We know that African universities are the source of data on higher education and we intend to strengthen their capacity to collect and provide information on national, regional and continental needs," said Nodumo Dhlamini, Director of Technology Services Information and Communication and Knowledge Management of the AAU and coordinator of the ADEA WGES Group.

Access to basic information in higher education is problematic in Africa, as recognized by Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Council of Higher Education of Ghana (NCTE), who chaired the meeting. The opening of this workshop. He was pleased that his country had paid as much attention to the production of data and reports on higher education.

Makha Ndao, Coordinator of ADEA's GTGEAP group, added: "Higher education is one of the sub-sectors of education in Africa where it is very difficult to obtain complete statistics And reliable. In sub-Saharan Africa, only two out of 23 countries, Ghana and Seychelles, responded to the questionnaire on higher and tertiary education of the UNESCO Institute for Statistics in 2015, "he said. In many countries, the education and tutorship systems in place are fragmented and often overlap. Indeed, the monitoring of the education system is the responsibility of several ministries, agencies and departments, which do not all belong to the same administration. On behalf of Oley Dibba-Wadda, Executive Secretary of ADEA,

The comparative analysis provided by SIGES would complement and strengthen the African quality assessment mechanism, said Yohannes Woedetensae, Senior AUC Education Expert. And how can effective education policies be devised without serious, accurate, timely and substantial statistics that only a sound information management system can guarantee, he argued?

Senior Program Officer of ECOWAS, Rachael J. Ogbe, said that EMIS is a priority for the West African region. It paid tribute to ADEA for its in-depth work on ECOWAS on ECOWAS rules and standards since the process of strengthening the system in the region was launched in 2010 in Lom. Collaboration between ECOWAS and ADEA has also led to peer reviews of the EMIS that have benefited Ghana and Mali. Rachael J. Ogbe, expressed his hope that this collaboration will continue in favor of a sustainable solution for EMIS in general.

Representatives of the AUA, AUC, ECOWAS, ADEA WGEMA and NCTE each spoke. They all deplored the many challenges faced in Africa in the collection, compilation and analysis of statistical data in higher education, particularly at the institutional level. They also regretted the lack of clear and comprehensive indicators to underpin the sector's monitoring and evaluation framework. However, these indicators are essential for monitoring the implementation of the Hemispheric Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025 (CESA 16-25), Agenda 2063 for Africa and the 2030 Agenda for Africa Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - SDG 4 in particular on "quality education".

Youssouf Ario Maiga, GTGEAP Program Manager and Alpha Bah, GTGEAP resource person, moderated the workshop with technical support from Kwesi Acquah Sam, AAU Secretariat and WGHE ADEA.

The workshop was attended by 25 participants, including Mohammed Salifu, Executive Secretary of the National Council of Higher Education of Ghana (NCTE), who chaired the opening session. Yohannes Woldetensae, Senior Expert on Education at the African Union Commission (AUC), Rachel Ogbe, Senior Program Officer for Education at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), David Blaise Ossene, Education and Culture Specialist in the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Nodumo Dhlamini, Director of Information and Communication Technology and Knowledge Management at Association of African Universities (AAU) were also present. As well as several experts in SIGES from Burkina Faso.

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