A number of 75,000 field officers are to be trained by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) to collect data for the 2021 Population and Housing Census scheduled for April/May 2021. The training will take place in January 2021 and will be held in 1,500 training centers in each of the country’s 261 administrative districts.
A statement issued by the GSS stated that the Ghana Education Service (GES) facilities and the universities would be located in the training centres.
According to the statement, the training will take place when schools are in session, so the Service worked with the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders to ensure that there is no disruption to the training and classes for school children.
It explained that the GSS had in the past relied on the facilities of the GES and the universities to train their field officers for the census, and explained that this was done when the schools had vacated.
The statement said the training will be scheduled for a time when one stream of the SHS level is on vacation to enable the GSS have access to the schools’ facilities for the training of its field officers.
“Though the GSS will need the facilities of the educational institutions for training of the field officers it will not be at the disadvantage of the school children,” the statement stressed.
It emphasized that the reopening of schools in January does not in any way pose a hindrance to preparations for the census in general and specifically to the training of field officers.