The Government has embarked on a massive issuance of birth certificates to primary and secondary school students in readiness for the new digital registration of learners countrywide.
Speaking during the launch of the National Education Management System (NEMIS) in Samburu County, area County Commissioner, Alfred Kinyua, said the ongoing digital registration of students will require them to have birth certificates for identification since they were below 18 years of age.
The registration exercise targeting KCPE and KCSE candidates involves issuance of a specific identification number to each of them, to be used throughout their academic life.
The unique identification number will track the performance of students from primary school, high school and tertiary level.
Kinyua said birth certificates will be issued to all KCPE and KCSE candidates to ensure they are registered in the new digital system before the February 20th deadline.
The County Commissioner noted that many children in the region do not have birth certificates due to home deliveries and illiterate parents, who fail to follow up the process with the relevant authorities.
We are aware of the challenge, but the registration office is capable of issuing all candidates with the vital documents before the expiry of the deadline, Kinyua said.
Subsequently, extra staff has been deployed from other offices to the registrar’s office to hasten the exercise.
During the launch at AIC Moi Girls’ High School on Thursday, over 120 Principals and Head Teachers from Samburu Central were trained on the NEMIS registration process, since there is a portal for them to manage the system in their institutions.
The Head Teacher and institutions portal will then help them in the deployment of additional manpower and facilities as per their needs.
NEMIS will include names of student, teacher, institution, age, parents’ information and household details of the student, to keep track on future performance.
NEMIS is aimed at streamlining the country’s education sector that churns millions of students each year from over 118,000 institutions.
Source: Kenya News Agency