It is a few hours to the historical Countrywide Census exercise that will for once in the history of Kenya be paperless and targets to include all Kenyans.
The Census exercise is set to begin tomorrow, 24th August 2019, from 6 pm to 6 am and then again on 25th, same time.
The preparation of the exercise has not come without sacrifices as the Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’I has announced to the Country that all social joints including clubs will be closed down to ensure people are gathered in their homes to ease the exercise.
As anxiety crawls in on whether the Census process will be successful given the number of handles it has already had, we list down the factors that will be captured in the questionnaires that will be handed to Kenyans by the KNBS enumerators.
Age, Gender and Marital Status
Age, Gender and Marital Status are considered basic information that will help KNBS classify Kenya to assist on the nation’s planning.
Births, Death and Migration
KNBS seeks to gather information on the Country’s mortality rate with family members expected to share information on their departed loved one if it occurred after the last Census held in Kenya.
To measure the rate of migration within the country and the reasons that could be leading to the migration, the questionnaires will have Kenyans giving that information.
Girls as young as 12 years of age will be questioned on birth to assess their fertility rate.
Level of Education
‘What is your level of education?’ The KNBS will want to know through the questionnaire to enable gauge the country’s level of literacy and the effects it is having on the nation.
The 2019 Census exercise would not serve its full purpose if it failed to ask the employment question given the conflicting numbers.
Kenyans will be required to state whether they are employed, non-employed, under-employed or better still, over-employed. ‘Is your training relevant to your job?’ KNBS will seek to find out.
People Living with Disability
This question will seek to know the exact number of people living with disabilities in Kenya and how the Government can assist to ease their every day to day life.
Access to ICT Equipment
At a time when technology has taken over traditional methods, the KNBS seeks to know how many Kenyans have access to ICT.
E-Commerce questions will be asked to be able to verify the number of Kenyans that transact online.
Agriculture is a key pillar to the Big Four Agenda so be sure to get the question on the questionnaire.
The questions, unlike in the last Census when only livestock was covered, will focus on agricultural farming.
Housing and Ownership of Assets
‘Do you own a home?’ the KNBS will need to have this information through the Census questionnaire to enable the reflect data on one of the Big Four Agenda that is housing.
The questionnaire will also feature questions on ownership of assets to enable them to weigh the levels of poverty in Kenya.