Frame­work for data flow launched

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MUS­CAT: The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­torate-Gen­eral of In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, launched on Tues­day the gen­eral frame­work for the flow of sta­tis­ti­cal data to the Sul­tanate of Oman Ed­u­ca­tional Por­tal. The cer­e­mony took place at the Min­istry’s head­quar­ters un­der the aus­pices of Saud Al Balushi, Un­dersec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion for Ed­u­ca­tional Plan­ning and Hu­man Re­sources De­vel­op­ment.

The frame­work aims to make the por­tal more re­li­able as a com­plete and co­he­sive data­base.

It also aims to pro­vide a mech­a­nism that con­trib­utes to and eases the process of data flow be­tween dif­fer­ent units in the min­istry. An­other aim is to im­prove the ed­u­ca­tional process, and to cre­ate a link­ing mech­a­nism be­tween the main data pro­duc­ers and the cen­tral au­thor­ity re­spon­si­ble for col­lat­ing sta­tis­ti­cal data.

The launch started with a vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion on the pro­ce­dural steps taken to pre­pare the frame­work. Af­ter that, Balushi launched the frame­work.

Then, Salim Al Ameri from the Ed­u­ca­tional Sta­tis­tics Depart­ment pre­sented a pa­per on the con­tents of the frame­work and its over­all ob­jec­tives. The pa­per touched upon the de­vel­op­ment of the data col­lec­tion process, the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the frame­work, the di­vi­sions di­rectly re­lated to the frame­work, and re­viewed the sta­tis­ti­cal data flow mech­a­nism and the func­tions of each body in the process of data col­lec­tion.

“In­for­ma­tion is one of the most im­por­tant re­sources on which mod­ern life de­pends, and ed­u­ca­tional in­for­ma­tion is con­nected di­rectly to hu­man de­vel­op­ment,” said Al Balushi. “In­for­ma­tion is the ba­sic guar­an­tee for the ef­fec­tive­ness of ed­u­ca­tional poli­cies, strate­gies and plans. In­for­ma­tion is also one of the most im­por­tant re­quire­ments of sci­en­tific re­search, plan­ning and de­ci­sion­mak­ing, and im­ple­men­ta­tion in var­i­ous ar­eas of life.”

He added, “The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has started the es­tab­lish­ing of a uni­fied and ac­cu­rate data­base through the Ed­u­ca­tional Por­tal to be the ref­er­ence for all the sta­tis­ti­cal data re­lated to the min­istry and to keep pace with mod­ern ed­u­ca­tional de­vel­op­ments. It would pro­vide data on schools, stu­dents, staff and ad­min­is­tra­tors. This was one of the most im­por­tant plan­ning tools.”

Fathiya Al-Sa­dia, As­sis­tant Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral for In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy and Head of the frame­work team, said: “The im­por­tance of the frame­work stems from sev­eral com­po­nents, in­clud­ing that sta­tis­ti­cal data help plan­ners in mak­ing de­ci­sions.”

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IN­AU­GU­RATED: The cer­e­mony took place at the Min­istry’s head­quar­ters un­der the aus­pices of Saud Al Balushi, Un­dersec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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