Africa Education watch launches Open Governance Index Report II – Ministry of Education places 4th

Africa Education watch launches Open Governance Index Report II – Ministry of Education places 4th

Eduwatch today launched the second edition of its annual Open Governance Index (OGI-II) Report on Education Sector Institutions. The Report assesses the responsiveness of the Ministry of Education and its 17 agencies to 11 Open Governance Indicators based on which performance scores are assigned. Data was collected from 23rd May to 24th June, 2022.

Key Findings

a. The official telephone line of the Ministry of Education had been inactive since 2021.
b. The official email address of the Ministry of Education had been inactive since 2021.
c. The official website of the Ministry of Education had not been updated since April 2021.
d. 80 per cent of institutions had not published their strategic plans on their official websites.
e. 80 per cent of institutions had not published their 2020 annual reports on their official websites.
f. 50 per cent of institutions did not respond to messages sent through their official emails.
g. 40 per cent of institutions did not update their websites regularly.
h. 40 per cent of institutions did not have Information Officers required by the RTI Law.
i. 20 per cent of institutions did not respond to calls made to their official phone lines.
j. The Ghana Library Authority recorded the highest OGI Score of 10, with the Ghana Tertiary Education Commission being the most improved agency moving from 7th position in 2021 to 2nd position in 2022.

Recommendations

The report recommends the Ministry of Education to procure an Interactive Voice Response system with a toll-free number hosted at the Ministry and linked to all its agencies, to strengthen monitoring and coordination. It further urges the Ministry of Education and its 17 agencies to:

1. Ensure their official websites and social media handles are frequently updated.
2. Ensure their official websites contain annual performance reports and strategic plans.
3. Ensure their official email addresses and telephone numbers are responsive.
4. Assign responsibility to manage official emails, telephone lines and updating of websites to designated officers accountable to specific Key Performance Indicators subject to periodic appraisals.

The full OGI II Report is available via the link below:
https://africaeducationwatch.org/publication/ogi-2-report-on-education-sector-in-ghana

 

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