Magoha Promises To Adress NEMIS Technical Issues, Defends Teachers Over Absenteeism
Education Cabinet Secretary prof. George Magoha has revealed that the Ministry is addressing technical issues encountered by school heads in configuring school data into the National Education Management Information System (NEMIS).
“I wanted to recognize you because we were having problems capturing data into Nemis,” said Magoha adding that new data will be entered into the NEMIS to capture accurate data from all public schools.
"I came to many of your schools to help us identify the first problem. The problem was not yours. The problem was Nemis itself.
“As a result of that, we have reengineered NEMIS and within the next few months, none of you will have any other problem as far as data processing is concerned,” Magoha said.
On the topic of 100 percent transition, the CS praised primary school heads for assisting the ministry in identifying children who had dropped out of school and ensuring they resumed their education.
Magoha Defends Teachers On Absenteeism
He also defended teachers’ absenteeism, claiming that in his two and a half years in the ministry, he made impromptu visits to over 1000 schools and never saw such behaviour.
“I used to hear a lot of rumours that teachers are never in school. When I was appointed by his Excellency the President, one of the things he told me to midwife, is the Competence-Based Curriculum,” he said.
The CS also thanked the primary school principals for implementing CBC, stating that the ministry will continue to provide them with the necessary financial and material support to ensure the success of the new education system.
“One of the most important transformative ideas that the government has introduced is this Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). It is wrong to say that it is not funded, because the government from 2018 to date, has spent 28.5 billion shillings on providing free books to every child in this country including those who were doing CBC. The concept of CBC is here to stay. It is what is working all over the world,” reiterated Magoha.
Concerning the Covid 19 vaccines, the CS urged principals to educate their students and lead them in getting vaccinated.
Johnson Nzioka, National Chairman of KEPSHA, welcomed the CS announcements, particularly the increase in capitation funds and other support given to headteachers to implement various reforms, including CBC.
“The ministry is strongly supporting the headteachers to ensure CBC assessment is done seamlessly to ensure the children are given their worth. The CS is also supporting headteachers to give them extra energy to administer the two KCPEs and KCSEs and grade 6 CBC examinations in March and December 2022,” added Nzioka.