The National Inspectorate Board has changed it inspecting approach from manual by introducing the use of digital tools to enable them inspect more schools in each academic year.
The NIB could formerly inspect only about fifty schools but with the introduction the new approach NIB aims to inspect two thousand, three hundred and eighty one schools this academic year across the country and also hoping to inspect more as the inspection methods are consistently refined. The NIB has inspected four hundred and forty eight schools this academic year with another nine hundred and fifty two schools being inspected currently in the Ashanti, Volta,and Western Regions.
The NIB has set standards by reviewing best practice around the world and adopting what was suitable for the unique Ghanaian context. Schools are rated on a four point quality scale of Outstanding, Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory.
While briefing the press, Dr.Haggar Hilda Ampadu Executive Secretary for NIB said “Every school in Ghana should achieve satisfactory as the minimum standard, efforts are also made to assist schools to raise the standard to a minimum scoring”.
The NIB has set inspection process and data collection by visiting schools physically under inspection, have interview with school leadership, students, board members, parents, Parents Teachers Association and schools management committees,observance of at least three subjects that are Mathematics, Science, and English by inspectors to ascertain effectiveness of teaching and measure the level of learning taking place.
NIB’s inspectors looks at how well schools are organized to support learning and the practice of teaching, inspectors help identify strengths and weaknesses, schools then use these feedback to plan resource mobilization, teacher training. etc all works they need to do so that the children are learnig in a safe environment. The general public and parents get to know how schools are faring in their communities. NIB plan through this various engagement and their ability to inspect more schools to engage more directly with school leadership to help them manage the schools.NIB aims to become second nature for school leadership to regularly measure the learning outcomes of their schools. These are some inspection values to education in Ghana said Dr. Hilda Ampadu.
National Inspectorate Board poised to work with stakeholders especially parents and guardians to ensure quality development of the human capital required to transform Ghana truly.
The National Inspectorate Board(NIB), an agency under the Ministry of Education was established in the year 2011 and falls under the act 208 and 778. The NIB’s mandate is to set education standards and to enforce the set standards to ensure quality teaching and learning in pre-tertiary institutions both private and public in Ghana.