The Kwara State government has introduced a clock-in model in its schools across the state as part of efforts to reform the state’s education sector.
The states Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Alhaja Bilikisu Oniyangi, disclosed this during a stakeholders’ forum on Revitalisation of Education Management Information System (EMIS) in Kwara State held at the Education Resource Centre, Ilorin.
The commissioner, while displaying the Clock-in Machine, said that the new model will enable the ministry to properly carry out its quality assurance job on public schools across the state towards ensuring quality education in the state.
According to her, the device, Clock-in Machine, will help with adequate information about public schools in the state towards their proper management.
Without adequate and accurate information, the activities and programmes put in place to optimally achieve the desired and set goals in this sector may be impeded. It is also good to let you know that one of the cardinal objectives of the present administration under the leadership of His Excellency, Dr. AbdulFatah Ahmed is to effectively and efficiently disseminate information on government activities, policies and programmes and to obtain appropriate feedback for improved governance, she stated.
She explained that the device will help the Monitoring and Evaluation Department of the ministry to effectively and efficiently monitor the activities of schools.
I shouldnt be expecting the parents and teachers association to come out to tell me that teachers in a particular school are not doing anything. What we are saying here is that I dont have to go to Baruten to monitor you. I, as the monitoring officer, only need to collect the essential data for me to be able to produce results, she explained
She added that the device will help keep track of all staff members, both teaching and non-teaching,in terms of attendance, lectures and other teaching activitieswhich she described as the central tasks of the teachers.
Oniyangi said that the system will help assess the properly or poorly maintained schools in order to facilitate support for them.
She said that the ministry picked interest in the modelafter several visits to some public schools in the state which revealed absenteeism of some teacher, saying that the era of truancy or going late to school has gone in Kwara State’s schools.
While commenting on the system, the first Makama of Ilorin, Alhaji Waheed Oniye, advised the ministry not to focus on teachers alone but to involve non-teachers in order to achieve the goals of the system.