10 Things that will be revealed after the 2019 Census
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A population census is needed in a nation because it provides the foundation for appropriate planning of policies.

Population census shows the present trend in fertility and mortality, which helps calculate the rate of development and is also essential for social service planning.

Census can disclose population structure by age, this data is helpful in establishing supply plans with the current census there are 10 things here that will form Kenya’s face after the outcomes.

Population growth: The proportion of Kenyans is almost certain to raise. And, based on projections by analysts such as the World Bank that the total population of the country is increasing by one million annually, the proportion of Kenyans is likely to reach nearly 50 million out of 39.4 million in 2009.

Formal jobs: In formal employment today, there are more Kenyans than in 2009. For those in unions, this implies better income. But it also implies more taxes because PAYE must be deducted.

Increased levels of schooling: some of the Free Primary Education (FPE) beneficiaries are presently on the job market. FPE has improved the amount of kids enrolled in primary schools increased exponentially, albeit at the expense of quality education, according to some critics. It was not just in primary school enrollment, the number of people in university has also increased dramatically. 

New ways to move around: By the moment the 2009 census was completed, most Kenyan families owned bicycles, a major mode of transportation. There are still bicycles, but on the highway there’s a fresh child: boda-boda. There were 252,000 motorcycles ten years ago. Since then, this has risen to 1.3 million five times and has been both a curse and a blessing.

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From text to WhatsApp: 10 years ago, telecommunications companies provided short messaging services (SMS) may have been the only way to send a text message. People are sending emails via social media platform like Whatsapp today. And that’s not all, for families and friends, they also hold gatherings and fundraise on WhatsApp.

Mobile phone is king: mobile devices were available to six out of ten Kenyan homes in 2009. Nearly every Kenyan owns a handset today. They can send cash to rural families, pay rent, or even pay for products and services through their mobile phone.

From bank accounts to mobile accounts: most Kenyans had Saccos, banks, microfinance organizations or mattresses as their favorite location to keep their money in 2009. There was nothing like saving mobile. But once Safaricom launched mobile money transfer service in 2007, M-Pesa, mobile devices became their favorite savings cars, with nearly half of Kenyans spending their cash there.

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Electricity access to web access: access to the internet is no longer involved-although many Kenyans are not yet linked to the national grid. The amount of internet-connected Kenyans has risen significantly. And it’s not just any other internet, but the Internet is becoming increasingly quick. In 2009, there were 52 Licensed Internet Services Providers (ISPs), but up to 257 in 2018 were shot.

From analogue to Digital TV. A child born and numbered in 2009 has not only never seen a black and white Great Wall, but also watched larger television sets. If in 2009 a Kenyan spent Sh10,000 buying a number of consumer goods, and television was one of them, Sh1200 would go on TV. This proportion of spending on television fell to Sh277 in 2018.

A fresh expenditure product called Airtime: A Standard study showed that the average Kenyan spends a total of two days speaking on their mobile phone throughout the year. This is the Kenyan with which the officers of the census will communicate. Some of Kenya’s 2019 is going to go hungry rather than purchase airtime.


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