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STATIN yet to complete education statistics

Published:Thursday | January 10, 2013 | 12:00 AM

Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter

MONTHS AFTER the Population and Housing Census 2011 was published, the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) is yet to complete the education statistics which were absent from the document.

According to Sonia Jackson, the director general of STATIN, the shortage of staff at the organisation to deal with the data delayed the publication of the information.

The census report, conducted in 2011 by the STATIN, was released during a press conference last October.

Speaking at a Gleaner Editors' Forum following the release of the document, Dr Valerie Nam, director of censuses, demographics and social statistics at STATIN, said the data on the education category would be completed by December as the area was more complex than some of the other areas. As such, Nam said the data would take more time to analyse. She also told The Gleaner that some of the data collected had errors.

But having missed the December deadline, Jackson on Tuesday indicated that she was unable to say when the information would be ready, due to the shortage of human resources.

"It is not yet ready, we are working on it, but we are low on staff and we are trying to get the persons to do the analysis of the information. We are waiting on the permission for the go ahead to get persons to start the analysis, but we are not sure when it will be out," she said.

Data for the Population and Housing Census was collected from April to August 2011.