Ministry of Education Announces Digital Transformation Strategy

Above: Hassel Bacchus, Minister of Digital Transformation.

Digital transformation is the transformation of activities, processes, skills and business and organizational models to take full advantage of the changes and opportunities of digital technologies and experiences. Digital transformation enables the Ministry of Education to make strategic decisions that impact the education sector keeping in mind present and future technological advancements.

The impact of digital transformation initiatives is profound as the significant cost savings achieved, as well as the efficiencies achieved, will contribute to the Ministry of Education’s commitment to improving public sector service delivery. and public sector perception.

The Ministry of Education’s digital transformation program focuses on achieving five key objectives:

  1. Support the integration of digital technologies in teaching, learning and assessment
  2. Improve digital technology infrastructure in all schools
  3. Promote administrative growth and increased value of service delivery improvements
  4. Support vulnerable and marginalized populations within communities
  5. Apply dedicated funding and resources to facilitate the development of all staff

The Department of Education’s digital transformation agenda, as proposed, will impact at least 12 operational areas in achieving the envisioned results:

Budget Management – Estimates (Recurring/PSIP) Lifelong learning
Digital Archive Management Human resources process
ICT infrastructure upgrades/maintenance Staff Terms and Conditions
School infrastructure (repair program) School operations
Exams (online modalities) Professional development
Program delivery Staffing Support for Divisions

Accordingly, the Department of Education proposes to achieve the following outcomes in pursuit of the effective development of globally competitive citizens:

I. Promoting a learner-centric and digitally agile education system.
ii. Development of digital mastery at all levels of the education system and with all actors.
iii. Encouragement of continuous learning and development (teaches 21st century skills).
iv. Promoting ongoing stakeholder and customer engagement for continued buy-in and adoption.
v. Improved efficiency and effectiveness of teachers.
vi. Reduction of manual workloads at the technical and administrative level.
vii. Promote efficiency in the implementation and monitoring of projects.
viii. Build resilience and continuity and minimize learning loss.
ix. Facilitate learning at an individualized pace.
X. The creation of databases, which can be used to generate a variety of reports to monitor schools and student performance.
xi. Improved academic performance and student success
xii. Improved provision of equitable and quality educational opportunities
xiii. Achieving cost reductions in exam administration and school operations

The digital transformation agenda stems from and builds on the Department of Education’s 2018 ICT in Education Policy, which provides the context for the systemic replacement of outdated and outdated practices that are no longer relevant or effective. , and the implementation of systems that meet the requirements. out of 21st century learners and an ICT-enabled administrative environment and services. Therefore, some of the projects started in 2019 and are ongoing, while others are more recent additions and are at different levels of implementation. This suite of projects is expected to grow as MOE continues to adapt to changing local and global circumstances.

The 13 Digital Projects making up the Digital Transformation Plan are as follows…