The Importance of Management Information Systems in Educational Management in Ghana: Evidence from Koforidua Polytechnic
Ebenezer Komla Gavua1, Seth Okyere Dankwa2, Martin offei3

1Ebenezer Komla Gavua, Lecture, Department of Computer Science, Koforidua Polytechnic, Koforidua Ghana.
2Seth Okyere Dankwa, Senior Lecture, Department of Computer Science, Koforidua Polytechnic, Koforidua Ghana.
3Martin offei, Lecture Director, Department of ICT Computer Science, Koforidua Polytechnic, Koforidua Ghana.
Manuscript received on 15 February 2016 | Revised Manuscript received on 20 February 2016 | Manuscript Published on 28 February 2016 | PP: 14-18 | Volume-5 Issue-9, February 2016 | Retrieval Number: I2265025916/16©BEIESP
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Abstract: There is a clear synergy between the history of education policy and the development of educational management. Initial attempts at data collection helped support the formulation of the country’s national education policy. In spite of all the success chalked in the development of educational management; most educational institutions are faced with numerous challenges especially in the area of Information and Communications Technology. A study into the importance of Management Information Systems in educational management was undertaken among others to examine the role of MIS in improving educational management, examine how MIS could improve capacities in data processing, storage, analysis and the timely supply of educational information to management and administrators to enhance quick and efficient decision making. Stratified and purposive sampling techniques were the main sampling techniques employed. Interviews and Questionnaires were employed to gather data. Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and Microsoft Excel were used to analyze the data. The study revealed that cost, lack of competent Information Technology Staff to man the systems, lack of computer systems and accessories and the fear of the unknown were the major problems militating against the implementation of MIS in most institutions. Recommendation were made to aid in ameliorating the challenges discovered.Staff in the institution should be taken through in-service training on the use of computers.
Keywords: Management Information Systems, Education Management, Information and Communication Technology.

Scope of the Article: Expert Systems