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Guyana Ministry of Education


World Bank commends Fujitsu for its work on school management project in Guyana

The Challenge

Under the aegis of the secondary school Reform Project in Guyana (funded by the World bank) the government of Guyana went to tender for a complete solution that would move the management of schools into the modern era through the use of technology and new processes to ensure that the following aims could be met:

  • Greater understanding of the student role at the schools in terms of demographic and other measures.
  • Understanding the complement of teachers and support staff available in schools
  • Better management of school resources and finances
  • Greater ability for the Ministry to quickly get data on school performance (academic) and all of the other information indicated.

There was also infrastructural work that needed to be done in terms of putting hardware in the schools and the ministry to enable them to use the software.

The Solution

Fujitsu proposed a solution from the Capita group in the UK. (www.capitaes.co.uk). The capita solutions set is the most comprehensively used solution used in the UK with over 90 % of schools and local authorities using the software. In the schools the SIMS software was used, and in the Ministry the EMS software was used. Each one perfectly matched the needs of the ministry as it related to the collection of the necessary data, a major part of the project was the institution strengthening process that had to be undertaken, where Fujitsu exposed teachers and MOE officers to the science behind the management of schools and the usefulness of modern testing and measurement processes.

The Benefits

The benefits of the solution were obvious almost immediately as the schools were able to track and understand student related performance (academic and pastoral), more importantly the training opened new avenues to the course participants in the area of school management techniques. So successful was the project in meeting its targets that the World Bank has commended Fujitsu for excellent work done. The ministry now has access to data within days as opposed to almost 18 months that was the usual response time.

"This will transform the way that we look at the process of the management of our schools and indeed for the way that we plan for educational development."

Industries:

  • Education

Offering Groups:

  • IT Infrastructure
  • Consulting
  • Solutions

Solution Areas:

  • Systems & Network Management

Regions:

  • Caribbean

Challenges:

  • Move the management of schools into the modern era through the use of technology and new processes
  • Greater understanding of the student role at the schools in terms of demographic and other measures
  • Understanding the complement of teachers and support staff available in schools
  • Better management of school resources and finances
  • Greater ability for the Ministry to quickly get data on school performance (academic) and all of the other information indicated

Benefits:

  • Schools were able to track and understand student related performance
  • Training opened new avenues to the course participants in the area of school management techniques