Despite the one month extension for the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) registration, parents are still jamming Nyahururu Registrar of Person’s Office in a bid to beat the deadline.
Parents at the center have complained the time was still not enough for the exercise as most of them were yet to acquire the document ahead of March 31st 2018 deadline.
John Kariuki, a parent seeking the document, said that four working days that were remaining to beat the deadline were not enough to have the parents served as they were in their hundreds.
We are very many. Even if we queue here for the next one month there are some of us who will not get the services, said Kariuki reacting to the Director in charge of Special Needs Education in the Ministry of Education Maria Cherono’s remarks that the deadline would not be extended.
Parents also claimed the process was slow and that it was taking a long time for the officers in charge of issuing the certificate to handle one client.
The Nyahururu office is taking care of Laikipia and Nyandarua counties and our efforts to approach Huduma centers are futile as the service there is catering for those below the age of one, claimed Esther Njeri a parent at the center.
Njeri said they were forced to sleep on Nyahururu County Referral Hospital’s benches so as to get to the center early to access the service.
Bernard Koech who described the queues at the center as those of school parade meetings said that there was need for the government to intervene and come up with better ways to acquire the document.
If this process was devolved to other offices in respective counties, we could have an easy time accessing the services. When the government was issuing the national identity cards to register as voters, the process was swift and accurate, said Mr. Koech.
The birth certificate is a requirement by the Ministry of Education to register the student into the (NEMIS) that would give children a unique identifier.
The system would oversee the children performance, capture unique details, monitor school cash disbursement online and enable stakeholders to know the status of education in regard to institutional development, equity, quality and efficiency.
Source: Kenya News Agency