NIRA to Roll Out Mass Registration of School Pupils

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Gilbert Kadilo, the NIRA Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager told Uganda Radio Network that the registration is aimed at capturing the data of the age bracket 5-16 which the authority is missing in its national registry data bank.

The National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) will in May rollout a massive registration project to capture data of school pupils aged between 5 and 16. The authority is a government entity mandated to register births and deaths in the country and to develop a National Identification Register for both citizens and legal residents.

The project which will run for the entire secondary and primary school second term will kick off on May 29 and end on August 25, 2017.

Gilbert Kadilo, the NIRA Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager told Uganda Radio Network that the registration is aimed at capturing the data of the age bracket (5-16) which the authority is missing in its national registry data bank.

During the initial registration in 2014, the authority captured data for all citizens aged 16 and above.  Kadilo says the exercise then was to largely prepare a register for last year's general election. Up to 16 million Ugandans were registered and issued with National Identity cards.

He says that the authority has already received a list of primary and secondary schools from the Ministry of Education And Sports to be used as registration centers for the under 16 category.
 
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Kadilo adds that at the end of the first school term, pupils will be given enrollment forms to be filled by their parents. The children will return enrolment forms at the beginning of the second term with a photocopy of their parents/guardians National IDs. This will enable the authority to match childrens data with their parents and guardians
 
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Kadilo warned that parents should pick their identity cards if they never picked them or if they never registered, they should do so and get IDs before May 29 if they want their children to be registered.

The pupils will however not be given National Identity cards. Instead, they will be given a national identification number which will be used for the issuance of a National ID, once the children turn 16.
 
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"Everybody being registered including children aged zero are given national identity numbers," he said. "Even the children we are going to register in schools will be given national identification numbers; it is this number by which they will be recognized in the national identification."