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Kenya universities and colleges to capture biometric data of all students


Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary has directed universities and colleges to capture biometric data of all students within the next 120 days, according to a report by Capital News.

Higher learning institutions are now required to obtain passport photographs, fingerprints and programs for the year of study for every student.

“Under Section 5 (1) of the Universities Act, 2012, the commission is mandated with the responsibility of collecting, disseminating and maintaining data on university education in Kenya,” the Education Cabinet Secretary stated. “Pursuant to this section, I now direct you to require all universities and constituent colleges, within the next one hundred and twenty days from the date of this letter.”

The details will also show which students reside within the institutions’ accommodation facilities.

The new directive is in line with the government’s recent measures to ramp up security in an effort to prevent terror attacks. “The government has taken measures to secure public places through enhanced security measures including installation of metal detectors and the use of biometric registration systems among others.”

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10 Replies to “Kenya universities and colleges to capture biometric data of all students”

  1. I hope in the gathering of students’ biometric data, they collect the templates in the standard ANSI and ISO formats and encrypt them so that the security systems they develop will be such that they can be integrated with other biometric systems in future especially with other Government of Kenya agencies and ministries for optimum security checks and foolproof authentication.

    Anyway, should they be sourcing for biometric software consultants they can get in touch with us on biometrics@jomutech.co.ke . We already have a biometric software system in place called ‘Biometric Student Track (with SMS alerts)’ found here http://jomutech.co.ke/biometric_student_track.php which we can adapt to suit the Kenyan Universities’ Biometric Students Identification and Verification needs.

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