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In Sierra Leone, Public Sector Reform Unit Sanitizing Teachers’ Records Management at the Ministry of Education, Youth & Sports
Aug 18, 2010, 23:46
The Government of Sierra Leone, as part of the public sector reform agenda and its commitment to improving payroll control, has taken an important step towards strengthening the management of teachers’ records, which for many years has been in total disarray. The teachers’ payroll is attracting special concern not only because it is the largest pay group in the Public Sector payroll, but also because of the need to adequately manage and revamp the education sector of the country.
The creation and management of a personnel file for every teacher will mark a first step towards establishing a reliable human resource data management system that will support a clean payroll and a credible database for human resource development relating to teachers and our schools.
|Staff form a “human chain” to move records |
According to Dr. Julius Sandy, Director, Public Sector Reform Unit, “the methodology now being utilized begins by developing a file for every teacher.Â In the next phase, the files will be matched with the individual teachers through a physical verification exercise. A consolidation phase will then follow to ensure that the paper-based evidence can be effectively managed and stored over time and linked to the payroll.Â This will include an electronic scanning programme. The project recognises that paper records are a vital checkpoint for ensuring the validity of personnel information and for creating confidence in computerised system by making it transparent”.Â
|Records Office, showing state of records |