Residents lax as government extends registration deadline

Barely days after the government extended the deadline for online registration for schoolchildren, long queues that had become a common spectacle at the Machakos County Registrar of Births and Deaths are now a thing of the past.

A spot check at the station by KNA has revealed that the number of parents visiting the area since Tuesday has since fizzled to a handful of applicants after Education CS Amina Mohammed said the government had given parents another month to finalize the process.

The government decided to extend the deadline for the exercise after it emerged that only 9.3 million out of the targeted 12 million had been registered under the National Education Management Information System (Nemis).

Parents are expected to take advantage of the April holiday’s to finalize the exercise of registering their children.

Last week, County Registrar of Persons Ken Nyamwea raised concern over the high number of people visiting his office to collect birth certificates for their children as the deadline drew near.

He said his staff had been stretched to the limit by the sheer number of applicants that were flocking the place on a daily basis. We have been receiving over 3,500 applications daily, he noted.

The overwhelming number of applications had seen the officers working beyond the stipulated office hours and sometimes over the weekends.

We are forced to be seated from as early as 7am and leave our offices as late as 8pm to try and see whether we can address the huge number of applicants. At times I even skip lunch simply because the work is too much, Nyamweya had pointed out.

The officer attributed the problem to the limited number of staff at his disposal which he said could not attend the large number of applicants from the seven sub-counties.

Meanwhile, majority of schools in Machakos County have complied with the government order on painting their buses with the yellow colour.

County Education Director Mr. Samuel Boto said most school heads in the county had already adhered to the directive which expired last week.

All schools in my region have fully complied with the rule as announced by now Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i that all school buses should be painted yellow. I have not received any information from law enforcement officers regarding to noncompliance to the requirement, he said.

Early this week, Amina said the government will not extend the deadline for schools to have their buses painted and ordered police to impound any school vehicle found operating without the required yellow coat.

Registration for Nemis and the painting of school buses has been the ministry’s major directives in 2018.

The objective in rebranding of school buses is intended to ensure there is uniformity in the management of education sector besides promoting national unity in the country.

Source: Kenya News Agency