Nairobi registers 500,000 learners in new school system
The department of Civil Registration Services has issued 500,000 new birth certificates in Nairobi, since the introduction of the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS), four months ago.
The new system requires all learners and those joining school for the first time in Kenya to be registered and issued with a Unique Personal Identification Number, which will enable them to access government funding from pre-school to university.
According to the Nairobi Civil Registration Services Coordinator, Samuel Lukanu, over 50,000 new birth certificates were being issued to parents by his office daily.
“When the programme started in January this year, we were serving 5000 new applicants daily, but the number has grown to 50,000 daily after the Ministry of Education issued a deadline for the acquisition of the crucial document, ” said Mr Lukanu who is a senior Assistant Director of Civil registration Services.
Mr Lukanu who was speaking to KNA during an interview at the ACK Garden House offices at Nairobi’s Community Area however said despite the deadline issued by the Ministry of Education over the acquisition of the NEMIS documents, his department will continue issuing birth certificates and doing civic registration services.
“Our services will continue despite the deadline and those willing to apply for the services online are free to do so,” said Lukanu.
Mr Lukanu however noted that since the introduction of the NEMIS programme, attempts by many parents to do what he described as ‘illicit transfer of paternity” were on the increase.
These underhand attempts, the coordinator said, entails changing place of a child’s birth and father’s name, plus other particulars for personal or economic reasons.
Lukano thanked the department of Interior for providing his office with dozens of Administration Policemen to flag out brokers who had started flocking the registration centres to “work” for parents who were reluctant to do the applications personally.
“We have flashed out cartels from our premises with the help of the APs and we thank the Interior department for making our work very smooth, since the exercise would have been heavily compromised by these people who take advantage of vulnerable Kenyans,” said Mr Lukanu.
He disclosed that only teachers, parents and next of kin were allowed to process registration forms on behalf of other people at the registration centres.
This, he said was a strategy to keep “brokers and other criminals at bay.”
By Mutiso Mbithi