Rush for birth certificates as pupils listing end nears

Parents in Mombasa have asked the government to extend the February 20 deadline for the registration of school children to the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS). Speaking in Mombasa County, they cited delays in acquiring birth certificates at the Registrar of Persons offices as a hiccup to the exercise.

The government through Ministry of Education had given school principals and head teachers up to February 20 to finish registering all students on the new platform but parents have decried slow issuance of birth certificate which are needed for the exercise.

The Ministry of Education in January began a nationwide digital registration exercise for all students through the Nemis will culminate with issuance of a unique identifier for each of the school children and will be used throughout their academic life.

The unique identification number will track the performance of students from primary school, high school and tertiary level. Yesterday, a long queue of parents and guardians waiting to register or receive the vital document was witnessed at the office of the registrar of persons in Mombasa with some protesting that the exercise had been infiltrated by brokers who were demanding up to 700 for “speedy” the document.

One of the parents Walter Sawe, said he has been racing against time since Monday but has been turned away because the child was born upcountry and therefore he’s required to collect the birth certificate at the place of birth.

“I have been told to go and get the birth certificate at my home county where my child was born. But considering the time, I don’t think I will be able to manage because the time is too short,”said Sawe.

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