2020 na­tional cen­sus to em­ploy 39, 000 Zam­bians

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MORE than 39, 000 Zam­bians will be em­ployed dur­ing the data col­lec­tion for the 2020 cen­sus which will take place in Au­gust 2020, Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan­ning Minister Alexan­der Chiteme has said.

Mr Chiteme said the 2020 cen­sus would in­volve about 31, 000 enu­mer­a­tors and 8, 000 su­per­vi­sors among other cen­sus staff at dif­fer­ent lev­els. The Minister said this in Par­lia­ment yesterday when he de­liv­ered a Min­is­te­rial State­ment on the 2020 Cen­sus of Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing Prepa­ra­tions. He said the enu­mer­a­tors would use tablets pre- in­stalled with the data cap­tur­ing ap­pli­ca­tion with a set of val­i­da­tion rules im­ple­mented to re­duce time of pro­cess­ing and in­crease the re­li­a­bil­ity of the col­lected data. Mr Chiteme said the 2020 Cen­sus would be the first of its kind in Zam­bia to be con­ducted us­ing elec­tronic data method­ol­ogy – Com­puter As­sisted Per­sonal In­ter­view­ing (CAPI). “This will im­prove the qual­ity of data col­lected and re­duce the time-lag be­tween data col­lec­tion and dis­sem­i­na­tion of re­sults. Over 39, 000 Zam­bians will be em­ployed to carry out this duty,” Mr Chiteme said. He urged cit­i­zens and all stake­hold­ers to sup­port Gov­ern­ment in con­duct­ing the ex­er­cise. He said there was need for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion at na­tional, re­gional and dis­trict lev­els for Gov­ern­ment to make ev­i­dence-based de­ci­sion with re­gards to de­vel­op­ment. “The only way to se­cure that level of de­tail is through con­duct­ing an ac­cu­rate Cen­sus of Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing that fairly rep­re­sents ev­ery Zam­bian. “My Min­istry counts on the sup­port of all cit­i­zens and res­i­dents of Zam­bia for suc­cess­ful Sta­tis­ti­cal Area De­lin­eations, User-Con­sul­ta­tions, Pre-test­ing and Na­tional pi­lot­ing ex­er­cises to­wards the Au­gust 2020 Cen­sus of Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing,” he said.

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