Since its inception the NEMIS database has faced alot of backlash for having inaccurate data. in its first dispensation most learners who were not captured were left out which led to under funding in the schools
this issue was hightented on 10th of December 2019 where. Prof Magoha in a letter dated December 10 to all education officials admitted that the ministry does not have accurate and reliable database on the number of physical schools and the actual number of pupils that can be relied on for effective decision making.
Prof Magoha directed the officials to physically verify and confirm to his office details about learners and schools.
He wants to know the actual number of pupils in Grade 2 to Standard Eight enrolled in schools in all counties.
Prof Magoha also asked education officials to physically detail the number of both secondary and primary schools in all countries.
“This information is required for 2020 capitation and other critical decisions. It is reiterated that no institution shall receive capitation or any other ministerial services without this data,” said Prof Magoha.
A report presented to the National Assembly’s Education Committee by Dr Kipsang captured data of only 6.8 million learners, out of a possible 13 million.
The report had only captured 3.28 million learners in primary schools out of the targeted 8.89 million. The said data only captured 2.47 million students’ in secondary schools against a target of 2.8 million.
But on Monday Education Cabinet Secretary (CS) George Magoha defended the decision by the ministry to conduct a manual count of learners and schools despite the existence of a digital register which has been in place for the last three years.
Speaking during a press conference accompanied by Basic Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang at Jogoo House, Prof Magoha insisted that the physical count is to ensure that they have accurate information.
“There is nothing wrong with continuous verification of information that we have inside National Education Management Information System (Nemis) for good corporate governance,” said Prof Magoha, who declined to take questions from journalists during the press conference that lasted one minute.
“We have agreed that you do not ask me any question about everything, including what you are thinking about.”
the CS insisted that the system is 90% complete in secondary schools and 60% in primary schools.