Nemis headache for principals as ministry says system is here to stay
SEE ALSO :State yet to release funds to schools"Many schools have received less funds because details of students were not captured in the system to allow for release of capitation grants," Paul Kibet, the director of secondary and tertiary education at the Ministry of Education told the Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) conference in Mombasa. Students’ data Kibet confirmed that many schools missed the right funding due to lack of students' data. He said since January, when the ministry started disbursing grants for operations and tuition to secondary schools, many heads had continued to file wrong or incomplete data, which sometimes affected the funding. Kibet, however, said Nemis was there to stay, and that school heads had no option but to learn how to use it.
SEE ALSO :Magoha warns against fee hikeEunice Onyango, a principal from Western region, lamented that her school had been receiving zero funding because of challenges they had faced while using Nemis, and asked the ministry to urgently address the matter. "It has been a nightmare using Nemis. As a result, my school has been missing out on Government funding. The ministry should intervene,” she said. Many head teachers also protested against the system they say has seen hundreds of students denied treatment because their details were not captured by National Health Insurance Fund system. Kessha chairman Kahi Indimuli said many schools had been constrained after missing out on State funding. “Nemis is good, but there are delays in getting the correct data for all students on the system. This has caused a major problem as far as funding is concerned,” he said.
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