What do you think is the current population of Kenya? 40 million-plus you claim? Well, forget the polling and all those statistics done by independent research groups, The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) will be carrying out a national housing and population census in August 2019. The complete exercise will take place as from 24th to 31st August. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as part of its role will spearhead the 2019 census on behalf of the state by an Act of Parliament and gazette legal notice.
According to close sources, KNBS has just ended mapping activities for most of the 47 counties for the 2019 census and is presently undertaking preparatory measures for the enumeration held in August.
So, what is a population census? As per to Kenya Bureau of Statistics, a population census is the complete count of the population done by a government at a designated time within its borders. The Population and housing census is administered every ten years at par with international census standards. The 2019 census exercise will be Kenya’s eighth population census following 1948, 1962, 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999, 2009 sequentially. The Republic of Kenya has administered this exercise every ten years since the first time in 1969.
Why is the 2019 census important?
You have presumably wondered why the total population of the country is that important to trigger a nationwide census? Well, it’s not merely for documentation goals, but also for verification of reliable, detailed data on the composition, concentration, and size of the country at a specified time. This data will be used by the government to determine the number of people living in the country at all administrative level as well as their living situations and whether or not they have access to essential services.
This information is vital for the government since it’s for planning on social services, transport, education, healthcare, and housing. This data is further fundamental because it will be used to observe locally and internationally agreed upon program such as Vision 2030, Sustainable Development Goals, The Big Four Agenda, etc.
What’s new about the 2019 census?
If your thought is still fresh, the 2009 census was a more conventional house to house, pen to the paper recording composition. Meaning that there was a high chance for duplication and mismanagement since verification of participants involved wasn’t 100% positive.
The 2019 census has a different twist, KNBS officials will conduct the exercise utilising a computer-aided personal interviewing technique (CAPI). This CAPI is not a biometric system as rumoured out there; the government institution maintains that it will strictly adhere to the UN Principles and Recommendations for a Population and Housing Census. According to these set guidelines, the use of Biometrics to obtain participants information isn’t a requirement.
For Application Details see KNBS census Jobs 2019 application form
The administrators will study with the help of a tablet computer that will be applied to capture the information instantly for faster processing and better accuracy. Beforehand, KNBS officials had to input the info on booklets manually. This method was both strenuous and time-consuming, leaving some room for error.
According to KNBS, the 2019 census will be set to adhere to international standards that prescribe for transparency, integrity, professionalism, and accountability. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics emphasises that these values will serve and maintain credibility and public trust as required of statistical systems.
Important things to note during the 2019 Census
The upcoming 2019 census will run on the night of 24th and 25th August. It is necessary to note that the leader of the household or any other responsible member of the given family will provide the required detailed outlined in the questionnaire. This data will be for those who spent the night in the household during the discussion exercise.
It’s vital that everyone participates in the 2019 census. This operation is carried out by the government to helps streamline its planning process. In case you forfeit the practice, the data collected by KNBS officials won’t be an accurate representation of the country’s statistics. Both the government and the private division need this information for effective policy implementation and planning.
The following distinguished features will classify the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) enumerators:
- a) All KNBS enumerators will have an identification document from KNBS
- b) A branded reflector jacket with Census and KNBS logos
- c) KNBS officials will work with regional, local elders or persons well known by residents to your doorstep.
The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) has been undertaking a nationwide mapping operation since 2016. This exercise was executed to help create enumeration areas that will be used by KNBS enumeration leaders. Each official will be accountable for a specific EA (Enumeration Area). After questioning, the enumerator will mark your home to avoid duplication. The enumerator will print your door with a number after the process. DO NOT ERASE THIS GIVEN NUMBER. In case your home is skipped, KNBS encourages you to report the matter to your nearest local government office. KNBS will give toll-free numbers at the onset of the exercise.
- The Statistics Act of 2006 classifies all the data gathered during the process. This Act specifies that any KNBS official who discloses any information recovered from the exercise is liable for prosecution. Officials managing your information during that period will have sworn an oath of secrecy to ensure they protect your privacy.
- The 2019 census surveys will be in English and Kiswahili languages alternatives. KNBS enumerators will likewise be able to speak your local language if need be. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has guaranteed that enumerators are recruited from your neighbourhood area and are conversant with it culturally.
- Depending on the number of people in your household, The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics estimates the operation will take between 30 to 45 minutes to complete the enumeration of a single household.
- KNBS officials will take your specifications as you provide them. You are not required to provide any documents except you want to specify something. Associates will carry out the exercise irrespective of where you will be on the night of 24th and 25th. The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics will present five different questionnaires for use throughout the 2019 census.
- Only those who will be in the country on the night of 24th and 25th August will partake in the exercise. Those who will get into the country after the designated time will not be part of the 2019 census exercise. Nevertheless, there will be a short questionnaire for emigrants who have lived in the country for the last 15 years. The head of a single household will provide information about such persons. It’s also important to note that any individuals in your home during the specified period will be part of the exercise, visitors, relatives, and friends included.
Information on the subjects that will be on the questionnaire is available at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics website. KNBS wants all participants to understand that ethnic background information will be collected for statistical value and not in the label. This data according to the government institution has a great deal of socio-cultural value that is required by the government for research and planning.
- Questions about your household assets are similarly crucial since it gives the situation of the well-being of the home. This information will be used to calculate social and economic indicators.
After the 2019 census operation, that is slated to close by 31st August; the general citizens will only be able to obtain the information once the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics has launched them. KNBS will also announce detailed versions of the data in monographs and maps on their website.
Since the 2019 census will take place on the night of 24th and 25th August, many people are concerned regarding the security measure in place. KNBS has assured the public that they will be in charge of security in the respective counties. The institution will use a mix of local administration as well as recruit enumeration officials that reside in your specific area.
With that in mind, are you enthusiastic for the 2019 census? In case you have any concerns or matters you would like to request about the exercise, KNBS has given the following details to help streamline the entire process.
Tel: 020 3317583/6/8 Hotlines: 0701244533 or 0735004401 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Census 2019 application Fee
All persons who are willing to aid in the exercise are advised to avoid scams related to the census, there will be NO charges or application fee for this job. Keep calm and stay tuned to Exposeke.com and we will update you in due time about this.