GSS Tests Technology For 2020 Census


As part of
preparations for the electronic data collection for the 2020 Population and
Housing Census, the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has scheduled a trial
census in selected districts in the country.

The exercise,
which will begin May, 26 2019, will be used to test electronic data collection
tools and other geo-spatial technologies that GSS would use in the 2020 census.

People in districts
such as Dormaa West (Bono Region), Bunkpurugu (North East Region), and Ashiedu
Keteke, Ledzokuku, Osuklottey, Ayawaso West, Okaikoi in the
Greater Accra Region, will take part in the trial census.

A release
signed by Prof. Samuel K. Anim, Government Statistician, said the use of technology
in the upcoming census is in accordance with the recommendation of the United
Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) for the 2020 round of Population and Housing

He said
starting from May 26, a week prior to the trial census night, officials from
the GSS will start visiting the communities that have been selected for the trial
census to identify and number houses and other structures.

“This is to
ensure that there is complete coverage of all households in the selected areas
during the trial census,” he said.

The GSS urged
all persons in the selected communities to cooperate with the census officials
in order to ensure a successful trial.

Population Census

The Population
and Housing Census is an essential national exercise, which is in accordance
with the Statistical Service Law, 1985 (PNDCL 135) that empowers the Government
Statistician to conduct statistical surveys and census in Ghana.

The GSS takes
count of every person residing in Ghana at the time of the census and
establishes other important demographic details about every individual in the

In this regard,
the 2020 Population and Housing Census will provide the current population of
Ghana by age, sex, educational level, marital status, literacy, educational
attainment, occupation, economic activity and geographic area of residence.

The count will
also cover access to water, healthcare, educational infrastructure and housing.

The information
will be used at the district, regional and national levels.

It will also be used by industry, media, academia, research institutions and international organizations to make informed decisions to ensure effective planning and policy formulation.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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