The South Tongu District of the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has officially commenced training workshop for field officers for the 2021 Population and Housing Census.
The training workshop which commenced today, 1st June, 2021 saw in attendance about 270 prospective field workers who successfully registered on 31st May, 2021.
A head of the commmencement of today’s training, the South Tongu District Census Implementation Committee (DCIC) chaired by the District Coordinating Director (DCD) Mr. Gilbert Enyonam Avemegah has officially launched the training workshop at the Sogakope Senior High School Assembly Hall.
Mr. Avemegah also used the opportunity to administer the Population and Housing Census oath for all the prospective selected enumerators and the supervisors during the opening ceremony.
Speaking at the event, he said, the 2021 Population and Housing Census will provide updated information on the population of Ghana with regards to District, Regional, National, International and Global Development Goals. He noted that, the Census would have been conducted in 2020 but, the novel Coronavirus pandemic affected the processes leading to the successfully exercise hence, the need to shift it to 2021.
He encouraged the prospective enumerators to take their training sessions very serious and must be dedicated to the work they have been selected to do on the field.
According to him, if the enumerators think they have been selected purposely to make money, then, this is not the right place for them. “We are not here to joke at all, there will be no room for laziness, apathy and procastination.” He explained.
The District Coordinating Director again said, the Census exercise is a full time job and cannot be combined effectively with any other equally demanding jobs. He believes that, his words are not meant to put fear into the propective enumerators but rather to energize them and prepare them on the nature and purpose of the task ahead of them.
He added that, the field data work will officially commence on 13th June, 2021 across the country where Census Night shall be 27th June, 2021.
The South Tongu District Statistical Officer Mr. William in his address during the opening ceremony said, he is impressed with the timely turnout of propective enumerators for the training.
Speaking as the Government Statistician and Chief Census Officer for the opening ceremony, he noted that, he’s thankful for the prospective officers honouring their invitation to the final and most critical training for the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC).
“Trainees, trainers, District Data Quality Management Team, monitors, distinguished ladies, and gentlemen, Management of Ghana Statistical Service (GSS), is humbled with your sustained interest in participating in the upcoming 2021 PHC which will be foundational to our own wellbeing and pivotal to the desired national transformation that we all seek to achieve.” He said.
He added that, It is important to always be guided by the dual objective of the Census which is comprehensive complete coverage and accurate data collection. While efforts have been invested in deploying technology to ensure the achievement of the said objectives, its realism depends on the knowledge, skills, honesty and integrity of our frontline data collection officers which is you the trainees present.
The enumeration procedures that are going to be explained during the course of this training have been carefully designed to ensure that the census generates accurate
data. “We humbly appeal to you to ensure that you thoroughly master what is being taught by making good use of the Field Officer’s Manual, the questionnaires and the presentations that have been uploaded on the tablets for your convenience.”
Mr. William said the training is fulltime and requires trainees to be here from 6:30am to 6:00pm every day from today until the 11th of June. Attendance and punctuality are criteria for final selection in addition to performance on assessments, class participation and results from field practice.
“This is a national exercise and for the next few days we will require you to sacrifice your time and your energy. Despite the fulltime requirements, we hope that you will find time outside of the training to reflect on what you are being taught here. On the side of GSS, we will be providing a transport allowance of GH₵330. The first tranche of 30% will be paid after the first week of training.” He said.
According to him, the second tranche of 40% will be paid in the second week of training and the last tranche will be paid three days after the start of listing. Trainees that do not complete the training or who are selected but decline will forfeit the final 30%. For trainees who will finally be selected as Enumerators, a lump sum of GH₵2,520 will be paid for the listing and enumeration exercise. For trainees who will be selected as Supervisors, their remuneration will be GH₵2,940 for the listing and enumeration exercise. These amounts will be paid in tranches and the details are provided in the contracts. All payments will be done via G-money and so all trainees should ensure they are registered on G-Money and provide the correct telephone number for payment.
He noted that, this year’s census is the first digital Population and Housing Census in Ghana and it is equally important that Field Officers master the contents of the manual and the use of the tablets in order to be successful.
“With the digital data collection, we have also instituted real-time data quality monitoring mechanisms to scrutinize the data that you are collecting daily to be able to identify errors and ensure that they are corrected while Field Officers are in the field. This monitoring is an additional layer of supervision added to enhance the accuracy of the data collected.”
“We want you to keep this in mind so that you strive to carry out your duties in adherence with the enumeration procedures you will be taught. All Field Officers are reminded that the use of technology offers Management an opportunity to monitor the movement of enumerators and supervisors, timing and origin of interacting with servers.”
“We have request for all of you here that you support census publicity, education, and advocacy as a census ambassador. Publicity is critical because sensitisation of
communities on the importance of the exercise will elicit public support and make your work easier.”
“We entreat you to only use the messaging in the publicity materials developed for the 30-day public education campaign. Soft copies are available on the website and will be shared on your class platforms.”
“We particularly ask you to take note of the areas where persons can be missed or counted more than once – specifically how to identify all the households within a structure and how to accurately record all the persons that spent the Census Night in the households.To our Regional Trainers, we thank you for time and the efforts invested in the census.”
“We humbly remind you to continue reflect on the questions posed to you during your training to help you become more effective trainers. We appeal to you to use the Trainer’s Guide religiously in your teaching to ensure that training is consistent and of a high standard in each of the 1,896 classrooms across the country.”
“We wish you all the best in this training.Thank you for your time. You Count, Get Counted
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