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Magoha dismisses claims NEMIS database being phased out, says centralized data system great success

Magoha (pictured) said the system has been largely successful despite reports that the Ministry has reverted to manual a manual collation of data on the number of learners enrolled in public schools/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – Education Cabinet Secretary Prof  George Magoha on Monday said that the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) will be strengthened and ruled out claims that the ministry is planning to abandon the data programme.

Magoha said the system has been largely successful despite reports that the Ministry has reverted to manual a manual collation of data on the number of learners enrolled in public schools.

“NEMIS is about 99 per cent successful in Secondary schools, in Primary Schools we are approaching 60 per cent so you cannot say it has failed because we are still improving and work is ongoing, so the system is here to stay if anything we are strengthening it,” said Magoha.

The digital registration of learners through NEMIS started in 2017, where registered learners are given personal identification numbers with funding to schools being based on the programme.

Learners who are not captured in the system do not receive capitation.

The government provides Sh1,420 for every pupil in a primary school annually and Sh22,224 in funding per student in secondary school.

A circular by the Ministry of Education to Regional, County and sub-county directors of education issued in November 21, 2019 stated that capitation for term one in 2020, will be wired under NEMIS.

This according to the Ministry was for ease of accountability and reporting.

The Ministry also requested Head Teachers to ensure that all records of learners are uploaded on the NEMIS database and updated by December 10, 2019.

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“The Ministry will use the captured data in the system for distribution of Free Primary Education (FPE) capitation for Term One, 2020 and subsequent terms,” read the notice.

Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) called for the scrapping of the NEMIS system in September claiming that it had complicated various operations in schools since all learners were yet to be captured.

KUPPET Secretary General Akelo Misori said that the funds should be released based on the actual number of students that government officers have verified at the school level, and not merely on those successfully captured by NEMIS.

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