Ministry of Education partners with RGD
SIX YEARS after the National Student Registration System (NSRS) was first launched, the Ministry of Education has revised the programme.
Through a partnership with the Registrar General’s Department (RGD), data uploaded to the NSRS will now be verified in real time.
“A partnership has been forged with the Registrar General’s Department via the provision of online verification services. The RGD has successfully developed an application programming interface, which will allow the NSRS database to query the RGD’s birth registration records/database. This will assure accuracy in student data while functioning as an integrity feature,” NSRS coordinator Christopher Graham told The Gleaner.
The programme now boasts a web-based student record database, which allows schools to capture biographical and other data on all students entering grade one. The ministry has said that revised student registration forms are now being issued to parents for completion and submission with the relevant supporting documentation.
Once schools have uploaded this information to the database, the system will generate and assign a nine-digit student registration number and issue a corresponding student registration card to each child entering grade one whose record has been verified and identity established. The roll out of the NSRS is estimated to cost some $7 million.
“To date, approximately 40 schools are now actively uploading information to the NSRS database. This process is ongoing,” Graham said. In addition to a redesigned web portal, Graham indicated that the NSRS now has a search field enabled to allow end users to conduct searches by year. The system also rejects records of students who are not six years old as at December 31, of the registration year, in keeping with Section 24 of the Education Code of Regulation 1980. Data from the NSRS will be used to support educational planning at all levels of the education system.
“Efficient and streamlined delivery of educational products and services will now be possible as the system will be able to provide a precise population data for all cohorts. Additionally, the system is designed to support longitudinal, data-management tracking as a record is maintained of all nationally administered assessments,” Graham said.
Students walk along Wildman Street in Kingston.