Open Access Capstone
Information can provide a guide and direction for action. Educational Management Information Systems (EMIS) in Malawi was established in 1986 to generate quality information for planning, policy formation, and decision-making. Despite many efforts to improve EMIS, Malawi stills struggles to have good information. One of the challenges rests on making schools play their roles effectively, as the major source of data for EMIS in these efforts.
The purpose of this study was to describe the information management in primary schools in Malawi, using survey research. The study analyzed information management at the school level by focusing on data collection, record keeping, data communication, and information use. The approach to thus study involved survey research at the school level and qualitative research at district level.
The study revealed that the documents which teachers regularly updated were those that are required. As for record-keeping practice at school level, the factor of rural and urban location influenced the updating of class registers. There was no difference on updating of class register based on other demographic factors of teachers, such as sex, qualifications, and teaching experience. The study also found that data collection of complementary and relevant data is not very effective. No practice influenced the updating of the data at school level.