The Bureau reviewed education statistics in-depth in November 2011. The Bureau noted that guidelines are needed for the measurement of e-learning, which is a relevant topic in several countries. Good practices should also be shared on the integration of different data sources and education statistics produced by various agencies. First, the Bureau requested for a review of countries’ interest in taking part on a Task Force on measuring e-learning. Second, the Bureau asked the secretariat to investigate the feasibility of further work on compiling good practices on integrating administrative, survey and census data on education.
The secretariat was asked to check when the next review of education statistics is planned by the United Nations Statistical Commission (UNSC) to see whether the issues identified in the review can be taken up at the global level.
Outcome of the review
The CES 2012 plenary session was informed about the outcome of the review, and a call for a chairing the suggested Task Forces was made. Several countries and international organizations expressed interest in participating in the Task Force on measuring e-learning and expressed readiness to share good practice in integrating administrative, survey and census data on education. No country or organization volunteered to lead either of the two activities. Therefore, the start of these activities was put on hold until a later date.
The Bureau invited the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) to give a presentation about their future work, but they had to cancel their participation.
The UNSC asked the UIS to report on education statistics in 2012. The report was sent to the UNSC for information in 2013.