NEMIS To Be Replaced By a CBC-Supported Data Management System
The National Education Management Information System (NEMIS) which has served since 2017, is due for replacement since it will be inefficient under the competency-based curriculum, CBC.
As confirmed by officials from the Ministry of Education, the NEMIS system will be abolished because it cannot blend properly with the new curriculum.
As it is Currently NEMIS only assists MOE to know the enrollment in schools so as to inform the ministry’s termly disbursement of government capitation in schools and cannot capture accurate data for learners and educational institutions.
According to State Department for the Implementation of Curriculum Reforms PS Fatuma Chege however, NEMIS does not help in linking data with the new education system.
Chege has hinted that the government will spend millions of shillings to build a fresh data system to capture learners’ details under the new education curriculum.
“I found issues being raised about NEMIS when I joined the ministry… But we need a new database for our function of monitoring and evaluating learners across the entire education system,”said Chege.
While Knec gives assessment number to monitor learners under Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC), NEMIS gives UPI numbers to same learners.
Chege says they want a system that will be able to monitor learners academically from time they join school to university and this is not possible with NEMIS.
Even though Chege did not state how much the new system would cost, she hinted of a Sh572 million gap to fund a number of activities in her office.
“Our funding request was raised to Sh911.90 million. This leaves us with a deficit of Sh572.60 million,”said Chege.
The development gives a glimpse into the cost of the new curriculum under the 2-6-3-3-3 education system.
Kezzia Wandera,deputy director quality assurance and standards,said NEMIS only aligns itself to primary and secondary education and does not take care of pre-primary, tertiary and university education.
“We would want a one-stop shop of data from pre-primary,all the way to tertiary and universities. This is how we shall be able to holistically execute the mandate we have been assigned,”said Wandera.
According to CBC task force report,each learner should be given a tracking number at Grade 3 after sitting school-based assessments (SBA).
The number,according to the report,will be used to monitor learners progress as they transition in the subsequent education levels.
“This unique number will be used throughout the learners academic life and will be used to track their performance,” said Chege.