The Ghana Statistical Service has disclosed that it will employ an electronic data collection technology in the gathering and computing of data in the 2020 population census.
According to the Head of Publicity, Education, and Advocacy for this year’s Census, Francis Nyarko Larbi has affirmed that recording of data, questionnaires, and maps to aid the exercise would all be uploaded on tablets for the trained officials to use.
“What we are doing is we are not using paper questionnaires this time round. Everything from the map that we’ll be using up to the questionnaires to be used and the census management system will be uploaded unto a tablet. And so we are not going to use paper especially in the administration of our questionnaire. The full data captured and transmitted to head office servers right wherever it is pitched” he said.
Francis Nyarko also mentioned that despite the challenge that may arise from the use of an electronic system for this year’s exercise, the service is well prepared to begin the exercise on March 15, 2020, because all resources and logistical requirements for the census has been catered for.
“All the preparation we have to do, we have gone through them especially the trial census. The trial census is one of the critical things we have to do and in view of the fact that the 2020 census involves a lot of technology we planned to make it a multi state, we’ve completed the first and second phases of trial census.We are currently looking at the data to make a report on them, ” he stressed.
The head of Publicity, Education, and Advocacy further admitted that publicity for this year’s population census has not been massive but assured that before the exercise takes off on March 15, much would have been done to educate the public.
He, also, admonished Ghanaians to cooperate with the officials and also provide valid information.
By: Emmanuella Antwiwaa and Esther Ampaabeng | universnewsroom