Parents and guardians seeking birth certificates for primary school children in Nyandarua County have pleaded with the ministry of education to extend the registration deadline.
The parents who jammed Registrar of Persons offices in Nyahururu complained that it was taking too long to acquire the vital documents.
They claimed that they have been camping at the office to beat the February 20 deadline to have their children registered with the education ministry.
They decried the slow pace in acquisition of the document saying it took two to three weeks to get one.
We fear that our children will be locked out in the registration as the process is sluggish and marred with corruption, claimed Grace Wanjiku.
Wanjiku added that some parents who sought the document to register class eight candidates were hard hit as the examination registration deadline was fast approaching.
Some guardians complained of losing their money to brokers who took advantage of the rush to swindle them, promising to deliver the certificates on time.
The government charges Sh.150 for persons seeking late birth registration.
An officer at the centre who sought anonymity said the department had pooled personnel to ease congestion as the process was manual.
Area Education Officer Justus Musyoka said the requirement for children to get a unique identifier through the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) had necessitated the jam.
The new system is meant to capture unique details, their performance and school cash disbursements online.
It will also help stakeholders to know the status of education in regard to institution development, equity, quality and efficiency, said Mr. Musyoka noting that birth certificates were a prerequisite for the registration.
Source: Kenya News Agency