NATIONAL PLANNING

KNBS recruits 164,700 staff ahead of 2019 census

The exercise set for August 24, 25 will cost tax payer Sh18.5 billion.

In Summary

• The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics – KNBS  has recruited  164, 700 youth who will participate in the oncoming census exercise.

• KNBS said it was a necessary process for planning purposes to ensure total coverage during the main census enumeration.

Members of the public with copies of Kenya's 2009 census results announced at the KICC in Nairobi in August 2010.
Members of the public with copies of Kenya's 2009 census results announced at the KICC in Nairobi in August 2010.
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The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics – KNBS  has recruited  164, 700 youth who will participate in the oncoming census exercise.

Director General Zachary Mwangi on Monday said out of these, some  2,700 will be  ICT supervisors, 27,000 content supervisors and 135,000 enumerators for the population census to be conducted between August 24 and 25.

Mwangi said the exercise set to cost Sh18.5 billion, has been designed to cover a wide data set including demographics, disability, education, labour force, ICT, Agriculture, housing conditions and amenities as well as household assets.

 
 

 This, he said will be key for planning, policy formulation and decision making.

According to Mwangi, data entry will be done through mobile electronic devices which are currently under programming at Moi University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

“This was informed by the fact that these two universities did participate in the digital literacy programme for the assembly of the tablets for primary schools. This has led to the creation of many jobs for the youth in the assembly and programming of these devices,” Mwangi said.

The census is held every 10 years and 2009 marked the 5th census in post-independence Kenya.

“The census is more than a population count: it provides all levels of government, business, industry, media, academia and independent organisations with social, economic and demographic information that is essential for making decisions regarding the many services each provides to the public,” Mwangi said.

KNBS previously said the 2009 Census employed new technology for better accuracy and faster processing of the data.

These technologies included the use of special software to automatically read the hand-printed responses on the census form and mapping technology.

 
 

The census information was collected through instruments known as questionnaires.

The questionnaires were filled by trained census officials known as Enumerators.

They consisted of a set of questions meant to solicit information about the household.

The organisation has so far conducted a cartographic mapping across the country in preparation for the census.

"The cartographic involves delineating the country into Enumeration areas," KNBS said in a statement.

KNBS said it was a necessary process for planning purposes to ensure total coverage during the main census enumeration.


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