The mass enrollment of pupils and students by the National Identification and Registration Authority-NIRA has failed to commence in schools in the Elgon, Bukedi and Teso regions due to logistical challenges. NIRA has failed to deliver the materials needed for the registration exercise to the districts in the three regions.
The three months exercise targets pupils and students aged between 5 and 6 years of age. The exercise was meant to start on May 29th and run up to the end of August 2017. URN visited some of the schools in Elgon, Bukedi and Teso sub regions to see how the enrollment was going on and established the exercise was yet to start.
They include among others North Road, Fair Way and Nabuyonga primary schools in Mbale district, Kamon, Koena, Kawo and Kidongole Primary schools In Bukedea district and Mugiti and Kabwangasi primary schools in Budaka district.
Michael Nangosya, the Mbale District Education Officer, confirmed that the exercise is yet to takeoff in his area, adding that he is yet to receive official communication NIRA or the Education and Sports Ministry on the delay.
Wilson Baker Lyadda, the Budaka District Education Officer told URN that they expected the delays after realizing that NIRA and the Education Ministry had failed to organize sub regional Stakeholders Meetings on time.
Micheal Obuya, the Bukedea DEO, says some parents decided to go to his office after failing to get the enrollment forms from the schools as announced by the Authority. Gilbert Kadilo, the NIRA Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager, has confirmed the delay to kick start the registration countrywide.
He however, disclosed that some of the districts like Gulu, Arua, Karamoja, Lira and parts of Mbarara have received the registration kits.
According to Kadilo, NIRA is working round the clock to overcome the obstacles to ensure the exercise commences soon. NIRA is a government entity mandated to register births and deaths in the country and to develop a National Identification Register for both citizens and residents.