Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion part­ners with RGD

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL | SOMETHING EXTRA -

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.

ON­GO­ING PROCESS

“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.

GLAD­STONE TAY­LOR/ PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Stu­dents walk along Wild­man Street in Kingston.

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