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Illiteracy hampers collection of crucial data

By Johnston Keti.

Samburu County Statistics Officer, Samwel Leparsaiya said high levels of illiteracy among communities living in the county have made it a challenge for his office to acquire most accurate data.
“Most people from our communities are uneducated and when you go to collect data in their homes, they seem not to be interested as they think you’re doing it for your own personal benefit,” said Leparsaiya.
He said some communities holds key information in their custody citing that their religions and cultures does not allow sharing of data or information from their families.
“I advise people who find it hard to give information to our officers that when you give accurate information about your family, you are helping yourself as governments and NGOs will use that data to solve problems you are facing,” he said.

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