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Bawumia Launches School Licensing and Inspection System

Vice President Bawumia launched the School Licensing and Inspection Management System, enhancing transparency and accountability in Ghana's education sector, streamlining processes, and significantly improving inspection efficiency.

On March 13, 2024, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of the Republic of Ghana and flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), unveiled the School Licensing and Inspection Management System (SLIMS) in Accra.

This digital platform, overseen by the independent National Schools Inspectorate Authority (NaSIA), revolutionizes educational institutions’ licensing and inspection processes nationwide.

In his address, the Vice President highlighted the transformative impact of SLIMS, emphasizing its ability to address longstanding challenges inherent in the previous manual system.

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He noted that “The implementation of the system has addressed many challenges in the old manual system, as it has moved the licensing, monitoring, and inspection of schools from the laborious and time-consuming old system of documentation to a more efficient and transparent online system, which has significantly enhanced the capacity of NaSIA to inspect schools from one school a week under the manual system to an average of two schools a day. It has also significantly reduced processing time for the production of inspection reports from 4 months to two weeks. Also, under the new system, schools can obtain an interim license within a week of application.”

Beyond its operational enhancements, Bawumia underscored SLIMS’s broader implications for transparency, accountability, and educational quality. By digitizing licensing and inspection procedures, the system fosters greater transparency and accountability, ensuring that academic standards are upheld and maintained.

Moreover, SLIMS improves the overall standards and quality of education in Ghanaian schools, laying the foundation for a more robust and compelling educational framework.

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Dr. Bawumia elucidated that SLIMS operates through two distinct models: licensing and inspection. Both models are accessible nationwide, providing school proprietors and educational institutions the means to request licensing and inspections from NaSIA. This accessibility ensures that all schools, regardless of location or size, can benefit from SLIMS’ streamlined processes and enhanced oversight.

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