The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) is shifting from the manual data collection system to mobile technology for this year’s census scheduled for 24th and 25th August 2019.
The process will be paperless and is aimed at releasing census results within record time, Director General Zachary Mwangi said during a media briefing in Kenya International Convection Centre (KICC).
“The paperless exercise will eliminate room for errors compared to manual collection, as the results will be transmitted to a server and there are adequate measures put in place in case of internet interruptions ” said Mwangi.
The budget set aside for the whole exercise is Shs 18.5 billion, as most of it will be directed to payment of 2,700 ICT supervisors, 27,000 content supervisors and 135,000 enumerators, whose training commences on 15 July 2019.
As it’s the first Census exercise to be conducted since devolution took off, KNBS is keen on incorporating both conventional and non-conventional households,people on transit and those that have migrated for a specific period of time through collecting statistical characteristics of human populations and agricultural activities, said the Director.
“The gadgets and devices to be used during the exercise have been locally assembled as Kenya has the capacity and know-how to develop,” said Mutua Kakinyi who is in charge of Data Processing at KNBS.
“KNBS is also aiming at job creation as Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) are assembling of 64,700 the data entry devices, which cost Shs 15,000 per kit”, said Mwangi.
in total KNBS has recruited 164, 700 youth who will participate in the oncoming census exercise