8m learners out of 10m target have registered for birth certificate, Dr. Matiangi

Eight million school children have met government requirements of birth registration, Interior Cabinet Secretary (CS), Dr. Fred Matiang’i has said, noting the number was far below the target of 10 million.

Speaking at Mwongori High School in Borabu, Nyamira County on Friday where he officially opened a Science Laboratory Complex, Dr. Matiang’i urged parents to utilise the ongoing holidays to register.

He said the new electronic registration system will help enhance efficiency in the free education programme, planning and financing.

The National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) was introduced early this year and students in public and private learning institutions are required to register with the ministry of education through their schools by use of birth certificates.

Dr. Matiang’i said NEMIS aims to have each learner identified with a unique Identification Number, right from pre-primary to university level.

This will help the goverment identify the exact number of learners in the country so as to budget for their government subsidy in education, he said.

He noted that no student will benefit from the free education programne if they are not captured by NEMIS and advised them to access the services at huduma centre.

He directed county commissioners to brief the administrative officers to move with speed and sensitise members of the public on the importance of birth certificates.

Source: Kenya News Agency