Assessment of education management information system in Kenya: a case study of Limuru sub-county, Kiambu county
An Education Management Information Systems (EMIS) aims to improve the capacity for data processing, storage, analysis and providing education planners with timely data. An EMIS also helps to streamline the flow of information, eliminate duplication of information for decision making, provide information for policy dialogue and facilitate the use of relevant information in decision making by planners at all levels. The general objective of the study was to assess whether EMIS is functional and effective in Limuru Sub-County, Kiambu County. The specific objectives of the study were to assess the adequacy of technological infrastructure that supports Education Management Information Systems; to determine adequacy of skills among education administrators; and to establish the extent to which Education Management Information Systems’ processes were followed. The study utilized primary data. The main method of data analysis was descriptive statistics. The findings of the study revealed that EMIS in Limuru Sub-County was functional but not effective. The study assessed the adequacy of technological infrastructure by determining the access to functional computers, ICT gadgets and internet connection by the Sub-County education office staff, principals and head of departments and established that it was inadequate. The study established that Sub-County education office staff had computer literacy skills that were sufficient in questionnaire design; data capture; database management and data cleaning; database packages; data analysis; data presentation and reporting; graphical data presentation; and data interpretation and statistical report writing most of the time hence adequate. On the other, principals and HoDs’ computer literacy skills that were found to be inadequate. Further, the study established that EMIS processes were followed to a large extent by the schools and the Sub-County education office. The study recommended that the Sub-County education office and schools should be equipped with technological infrastructure to improve the data collection, analysis, storage and dissemination processes. The study also recommended that school principals and the Heads of departments should be trained on regular basis so as to boost their computer literacy skills.
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