School Inspections Go Digital

Inspections of pre-tertiary schools in Ghana have switched from a manual inspection method to a digitized approach. The National Inspectorate Board after a review of its inspection process led to the development of the Inspection Evaluation Framework (IEF), which is a digitized data collection and analysis procedure for assessing and evaluating public and private pre-tertiary schools. All data is collected using tablets and entered into the data management system of the NIB.

The NIB IEF has been piloted by inspecting eighty-seven (87) pre-tertiary schools across 8 regions within twenty-one (21) days by NIB trained Lead Inspectors and Team Inspectors. A report of this inspection will soon be published on the NIB’s website (inspectorateboard.org).

Inspection Evaluation Framework
The Inspection Evaluation Framework centres on teaching and learning techniques implemented in schools to ensure the Ghanaian child has access to quality education in a safe environment.

The framework examines a school’s performance based on school leadership, lesson observation and external assessment results and its compliance with the Ministry of Education requirements. Inspector evaluations are graded on a four-point-scale of outstanding, good, satisfactory and unsatisfactory.

National Inspectorate Board
The National Inspectorate Board (NIB) was established under the Education Act 778 of 2008 Education reforms. The Act mandates the board to set up inspection panels to undertake the inspection of schools, to evaluate teaching and learning periodically in the schools, to set and enforce quality standards in public and private pre-tertiary institutions in Ghana. The inspection panels will provide an independent external evaluation of the quality and standards in pre-tertiary institutions by focusing on:
● The quality of leadership and management of the school
● The quality of teaching and learning and the standard of academic attainment
● Facilities available in the school, and the relationship between the school and the community in which it is located.

Consequently, NIB carries out periodic inspections of schools to collect credible data in the areas of teaching and learning, school leadership the school’s environment