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MirandaNet Fellowship Casestudy
A Study of How an Education Management Information System (EMIS) can be Effectively Implemented
in the Ministry of Education in Bahrain
Ahmed Al Koofi
Year of posting: 2008
Successful management of today's education system requires effective policy-making and system monitoring through data and information. Consequently, countries have invested significant resources into collecting, processing, integrating, analysing and reporting data through Education Management Information Systems (EMIS). However, EMIS is important but not sufficient for overall success, if only its design and development has been limited to information technology enhancements and data storage.The main purpose of this study is to investigate how an EMIS can be effectively implemented in the Ministry of Education in the Kingdom of Bahrain (MOE).A survey methodology was conducted to examine the quality of data collection, the procedure for collecting the data, the analysis and the eventual outcome. In order to facilitate the survey, 11 questionnaires were distributed to government schools in the Kingdom of Bahrain (KOB) at all levels: primary, intermediate and secondary. According to the study findings, there are several factors which inhibit the effective implementation of an EMIS in the MOE; however, the major factors are a need to understand the importance of data integration from different resources, understand the importance of the collaborative work among directorates, and build an integrated application for data collection, processing and analysing.
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