A solution needed to be developed which incorporated which would not only overcome the complicated problems outlined above, but would provide business intelligence on ways to prevent barriers to equal education through diversity in classrooms, recognize any possible biases in decision-making and effectively enable fair and improved quality for students, parents and administrators.
To do this a solution would be flexible enough to create new services or capabilities based on an evolving set of needs by all stakeholders. The MoE “Noor” Project was conceived and is now one of the Kingdom’s most strategic initiatives in education in public and private schools.
It aims at connecting the Ministry of Education, all schools, and school directorates within the Kingdom to a centralized information system and data base. The implemented solution is based on the latest education technologies. It provides features for all stakeholders involved in the educational processes. E-services with 2,700 functionalities are designed to serve the stakeholders including students, teachers, parents, as well as school districts and Ministry level administrators to enable sophisticated decision-making designed to bring equity, quality, and effectiveness to the Kingdom’s students and educational system. The solution aggregates all data from the various sources, provides real time accurate and comprehensive data reports that serve the complete education community, and facilitates planning, analysis and decision support across the country.
The solution is deployed centrally, serving the entire community of stakeholders via remote access through the Internet, thus providing real time access e, while special considerations are made to accommodate the few disconnected schools through a specialized offline application mode with clear procedures to ensure inclusion of data such as sending the student records and transcripts for input at a location that has Internet facilities without losing any of the data.
The number of beneficiaries from this initiative will reach around 10 million including 5.5 million students in over 33,000 schools in addition to their parents, teachers, and Ministry Administrators and staff, analysts, planners and policy makers.
The following are some of the key benefits served by the initiative:
• Forward looking predictive intelligence to off-set cultural and personal biases
• Ensure inclusion, transparency, and accountability;
• 20 e-services including Ministry, districts, schools, parents, students, public entities, Saudi universities and colleges, recruitment companies, and many others;
• 100% increase in efficiency;
• Improved quality of data due to elimination of data redundancy and reduced human error;
• Streamlined workflow between Ministry departments, school districts, schools, stakeholders and entities outside the realm of MoE;
• Improved public services achieving higher stakeholder satisfaction
• Ability to make better informed decisions and develop plans and policies based on proper, comprehensive, live data and statistics;
• Provision of real time educational data to the educational community as needed, along with timely feedback, reports and results;
• 50% reduction of operational costs