Statistical Training for Prisons Staffers

A two week intensive statistical, data collection and analysis training workshop attracting 80 staffers drawn from the country’s Prison’s Department commenced at JKUAT, Monday March 12, 2012. The course, jointly organized by JKUAT’s Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science, and Kenya National Bureau of Statistics is designed to empower the prison’s officials to manage data in their possession to aid decision making.

Prof. Imbuga with a section of participants

In her welcoming remarks, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the vice chancellor tickled the participants when she demonstrated the importance of statistical analysis following her quick and impromptu sampling of participants in terms of gender selected to participate in the workshop that stood at 17 percent female saying it fell far below the minimum gender requirement of 30 percent prescribed by law. This she said was an important measure that would help the Prisons Department to narrow down the gender gap in planning for future workshops.

Prof. Imbuga told the course participants to utilize their time well during the training and reminded them the process of data collection and analysis required a great deal of integrity since incorrect data she added would lead to wrong policy formulation that was costly to Kenya’s tax payers.   ‘I would like to urge every one of you to take this course very seriously because it will be directly applicable to your day to day work and interaction with society. I hope the knowledge that you gain will be implemented in your work places’ The vice chancellor who was accompanied by Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, and Prof. Mary Ndungu, Dean Faculty of Science, together with a number of dons from the Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science appealed to the participants to ensure they shared the knowledge with their colleagues who had no privilege to attend.

A section of participants

An official of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics,  Monyoncho Maina said the workshop was part of the implementation of the Human Resources component of the of the National Statistical System project established in 2004 and was aimed at capacity building in statistical studies including  data collection and its analysis in the public sector. The project that has seen JKUAT train up to 1000 workers in the public sector mainly from the police and prisons Departments has had considerable impact that has gone along way to enhance public service delivery.

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