The National Executive Council has approved the 2013 Nationwide School Progressive Report, and endorsed K1.5 million to extend the survey to June 2014.
Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill said Cabinet has noted the problems and delays of the project in terms of funding and implementation, and made the endorsement to extend the survey.
Mr O’Neill said NEC also approved Smart Technology as a tool for data collection, uploading and transmission from schools to the Department of Education to achieve quality in school infrastructure, teachers output and students’ performances.
The Nationwide School Survey Taskforce commenced work in May 2013 to trial the transmission of survey data using Smart Technology.
The Prime Minister said the project will bring a lot of benefits to the country, including the production of more accurate and factual data for the Education Department to better perform its administrative and regulatory functions as required under the Education Act.