[Open-education] Open Government Data: Helping Parents to find the Best School for their Kids

Simeon Oriko simeon at jamlab.co.ke
Tue Jun 3 21:50:19 UTC 2014

Hi Marieke,

The Open Institute based in Nairobi worked on KCPE Trends which aggregates and visualizes education performance data for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) from 2006 to 2011.

There’s a report out that aggregates some thoughts by stakeholders on this and other education issues in Kenya. I’ve attached it to this email.

Hope this is useful.

Kind Regards,

Simeon Oriko

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On June 3, 2014 at 18:02:41, Marieke Guy (marieke.guy at okfn.org) wrote:

There is a great post on the Open Government Partnership blog about using open government data to help parents find the best school.

The post, by Radu Cucos from Moldova, lists several apps from different countries that have been built on government data related to education and education institutions. I'll be adding these to the Open Education Handbook.

He concludes by saying:

"Open data on schools has great value not only for parents but also for the educational system in general. Each country has its own school market, if education is considered as a product in this market. Perfect information about products is one of the main characteristics of competitive markets. From this perspective, giving parents the opportunity to have access to information about schools characteristics will contribute to the increase in the competitiveness of the schools market. Educational institutions will have incentives to improve their performance in order to attract more students.

While adopting the Open Data Initiative policy in the education field has advantages for everybody – parents, schools and state authorities, it falls to governments to take the leading role in promoting Open Data. First of all, governments have to make sure that data on schools is being publicly released and regularly updated. Second, state institutions have to incentivize developers to create innovative apps. Third, governments have to increase demand for educational apps by raising awareness, lowering the costs for Open Data apps accessibility and decreasing the costs of accessing additional sources and information about schools."

I'd be interested in hearing more about this from a country perspective. Anyone got any interesting use cases to share?

We plan to have a community session on 'What has open data got to do with education' during June - details to follow.


Marieke Guy
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