FCTA begins data capturing ahead of School Census


By Hudu yakubu, Abuja

In continuation of its various and intensive training on the 2018/2019 Annual School Census, authority of the Nigerian Federal capital territory administration, FCTA has embarked on field data capturing for all FCT Public School heads and principals.

The exercise which is being manage by the FCTA,  Department of Policy, Planning, Research & Statistics under the Education Secretariat is to get the authentic data of students within the territory for proper planning.

Speaking during the inspection of the different materials to be used towards the success of the 2018/2019 Annual School Census, the Director of the secretarial, Dr Mohammed Sani Ladan said, after the flag off of the 2018/2019 Annual School Census in July this year,  the Department has continue to create further awareness and engaged various stakeholders.

The stakeholders should include Directors of the various boards and departments under the Secretariat, the Federal Ministry of Education, Ministry of Defence and National Association of Proprietors of Private Schools through advocacy visits and embarked on series of training and retraining of supervisors, Coordinators and Enumerators towards achieving the objectives of accurate and reliable collection of data in the various schools.

He said the Department has rolled out various  activities to be carried out at different stages of the 2018/2019 Annual School Census  before success can be achieved which include updating of Education Management Information System (EMIS), application to accommodate changes in the ASC instrument.

the activities include delivery of the ASC documents, instruments and manuals, delivery of training of head teachers, principals, teachers on school records keeping and filling of the Annual School Census Questionnaire, Sensitisation of the exercise, conduct of FCT EMIS Committee Meeting, training of data entry personnel on EMIS application, ASC instrument collection, setting and validation.

Dr Ladan further stated other processes involved to include, data entry and analysis, adult and non formal education school census, statistical report publication and stakeholders dissemination meeting on compilation of generated reports into draft among others.

He pointed out that, the field data capture for 2018/2019 Annual School Census exercise starting with FCT Public Schools will take place this week at thirty cluster centres within the six Area Councils in the FCT and the instruments and materials to be used are set for distribution immediately.

The Director called on all those involved to be diligent and committed to the various assigned schedules and duties so that the aims of the exercise will be achieved.

The department has been in the forefront of creating more awareness of the 2018/2019 Annual School Census in FCT to ensure proper and accurate collection of data towards the success of the Exercise.

Lateefah Ibrahim