TSS-PA data analysis software trialled in Kiribati
The draft software for the analysis of the Teacher Service Standards (TSS) Performance Appraisal (PA) has been trialled in Tarawa, Kiribati.
The Ministry of Education in Kiribati organised a workshop to trial the software from 4-7 September 2013. The participants were from the Ministry of Education, King George the fifth and Ellaine Bernacci Senior Secondary School, a Government School, Sacred Heart College, a Catholic School and the Kiribati Teachers College. The software was developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Board for Educational Assessment (SPBEA) in collaboration with UNESCO in 2012. In general the participants found that the software was easy to use and had the potential to be used to systematically manage the data from the analysis of Teacher Service Standards Performance Appraisals (TSS-PA). The main problem identified by the participants was the extent to which the software was compatible with the current Kiribati Education Management Information (KEMIS) data management software.
In order to meet the needs of the TSS-PA data management and to be compatible with the existing KEMIS software the participants made some recommendations for improvement incorporating identified problems and specific needs. The main issue was that this workshop was the first time many participants had used the software and while they could see the usefulness of it they wished to have more training on its applicability to Teacher Service Standards and the KEMIS already in place.
A further recommendation from the Ministry of Education to UNESCO is that the original developer of the software should come to Kiribati to work together with the participants to address their concerns and ensure that the software works effectively and is compatible with the existing KEMIS software.
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