GSS begins training for 2021 population and housing census


Following a nine-day virtual training programme, held between 23rd November and 3rd December 2020, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) is set to begin the last phase of training.

The ‘Master Trainers’ for the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) is scheduled to take place in Winneba.

It would run for 8 days, from 9th to 16th December 2020 and will be an in-person training workshop. Also, the training will be on computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI).

A statement from the GSS said the CAPI training was necessary because the upcoming 2021 census, is a digital census that involves the use of tablets. The tablets (Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing, CAPI) is for electronic data capture and syncing.

The Head of Census Methodology, Mr. Owusu Kagya, entreated participants to take the training seriously. He explained, census work was ”demanding and required commitment”.

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127 prospective Master Trainers are participating in the workshop which will involve assessments to determine the participants who will be selected as Master Trainers for the 2021 census.

Master Trainers will train National Trainers who will in turn train Regional Trainers who will directly train Field Officers.

That is to say, the objective of the census is to collect credible usable data for decision-making.

On his part, the Head of the National Census Secretariat, Mr. George Emmanuel Osei also emphasized the importance of the exercise. He underscored the need for participants to observe all the health and safety protocols.



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