According to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha, heads of public primary and secondary schools would no longer alter enrollment statistics in their institutions to receive larger capitation allocations.
Prof. Magoha declared that the new National Education Management System (Nemis) would enable parents to keep track of their children’s educational development.
The updated system, according to Magoha, would make it simpler to retrieve data for quick decision-making and ensure data reliability for all stakeholders.
The system offers precise information and is better suited to Ministry of Education end users. The system’s capabilities will be improved and consolidated over the years the ministry has used it, according to Magoha.
As a result, schools won’t have any ghost students anymore because the new system will purge student data from public institutions.
Paul Kibet, director of secondary and tertiary education, said that many schools were missing out on government funding in 2019 while speaking at a Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) conference in Mombasa.
He cited the incapacity of head teachers to use the mechanism designed to assist in managing public institutions.
The failure of heads to use Nemis to submit student information, which, among other things, determines how much each school should receive, led to a crisis in the schools.
Because student information was not entered into the system to enable the payment of capitation grants, several schools received less money, according to Kibet.
Kahi Indimuli, the chairman of Kessha, said.
Since the ministry was still in the middle of the payment process, Nemis submitted data incorrectly and prematurely, according to Indimuli.
No money had been disbursed or reversed, he claimed, because the Principal Secretary for Basic Education had not signed the disbursement.
Members of Parliament received confirmation from Fatuma Chege, principal secretary of the State Department for Implementation of Curriculum Reforms, that Nemis required an upgrade.
“When I joined the ministry, I discovered that Nemis was the subject of controversy. In order to monitor and evaluate students across the entire educational system, we need a new database “Chege said.
Magoha promised users that the system would guarantee more direct access to data by implementing a decentralized approach to data accessibility. She added that she would guarantee inclusivity and data safety.
Moreover, the system would use a decentralized strategy for data accessibility, ensuring more direct access to the data.
Magoha stated that parents will also be able to remotely check on their kids’ progress from the convenience of their living room or workplace.
He said that Nemis will make it simpler for students to transfer across institutions.