Mwingi East and Central Sub-Counties parents have a reason to smile after they started collecting birth certificates for their children from the office of Registrar of Person’s. Birth certificate has become a basic requirement for both primary and secondary school students.
Over a month now, long queues of parents have been witnessed at births’ and deaths’ certificate registration office in Mwingi town, Kitui county.Parents have been spending a whole day at the office of person’s registrar waiting the processing of their children’s documents.
This comes after issuance of a directive by the Ministry of Education that every school going child must have a birth certificate after the introduction of the new education system.
Most parents rushed to the registrar’s offices at Mwingi town the last minute to at least send their children back to school after they were send home due to lack of the certificates.The government ordered that no child will be allowed to be in school without such documents that are aimed at easing the government in monitoring and evaluating their academic progress from one level of education to another.
Also,easy record keeping and tracking of children shall be enabled.
Collection of children birth certificates has started where over 10,000 certificates have been processed and are ready for disbursement.
According to Wycliffe Nyandoma,the Civil Registrar, the shortage of certificates that was caused by high demands has been sorted out by the government printers and they currently have 12,000 books.
“I have placed an order for more certificates to ensure that there will be no shortage”, Nyandoma added
The County Government also issued six officers to help in making work easier in the crowded offices.This move by Kitui County Administration came after frequent complains by the parents who urged the county governance to intervene. These county officers in conjuction with the Registrar of person’s office shall ease the processing of the certificates.
“The officers have been here for the past one and half month and this has been so helpful to us and the residents” Wycliffe expressed his joy.
Parents have been urged to be applying for birth certificates of their children immediately after they deliver in order to avoid such crises and last we frustrations at the Person’s Registrar’s offices.