Irene Githinji @gitshee
Education Ministry has extended the registration of learners’ data in the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) to March 31. Only 3.8 million details have been captured of the 11 million targeted.
“The ministry has received enormous requests for the extension of the registration period to accommodate learners who had not acquired birth certificates. As the Civil Registration Department continues to issue birth certificates, there is need to provide more time for learners to register,”read a circular to schools.
Yesterday was the deadline set by the Ministry to have all learners registered but due to the last-minute rush, the system was slowed down in the past two days.
Education Principal secretary Belio Kipsang said the Ministry was aware that the process had been slowed down because most learners were yet to acquire birth certificates which are required in the registration. He said the Education ministry had liaised with the Interior ministry to fast track issuance of birth certificates.
“On Monday and Tuesday there has been a lot of pressure to meet the deadline. We received an overwhelming response and the speed has gone down,” he said.
“To have every child registered, we have extended the deadline to March 31 so that no child is left out,” he said yesterday at Dr Ribeiro Parklands Boys where a demonstration on the system was being conducted. He said most of the challenges have been reported in primary schools where many pupils do not have birth certificates.
Kipsang said there were less challenges in secondary schools because most of the students had obtained birth certificates prior to registering for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam.
During the extension, the PS said the ministry’s staff will work with schools to ensure concerns arising from the process are adequately addressed.
“The Ministry wishes to urge all stakeholders to take advantage of the extended period to ensure that data on all learners is captured,” said Kipsang. The PS said NEMIS will be used in, among other things, resource allocation, tracking of learners, monitoring performance and in situations of movement from