Boycott KNEC Supervision and Marking; KNUT Urges Teachers
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has warned that unless they receive fair compensation for the services they provided during the previous year’s national exams, teachers will refuse to supervise and mark exams at the end of the year.
In order to prevent delays during the scheduled exams in October and November, including the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for children in Grade Six, the union is requesting that the Ministry of Education act quickly to address the problem.
Teachers who oversaw, invigilated, and graded the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams have not yet received remuneration, according to Knut Secretary-General Collins Oyuu.
To rectify the problem, Oyuu advised the affected instructors to postpone taking the exams this year until their complaints were sufficiently addressed.
Ezekiel Machogu, the cabinet secretary for education, was present to see the KNEC test containers being opened in Mvita Mombasa. Machogu had previously promised that the teachers and other exam administrators would be paid by the end of July.
Dr. Belio Kipsang, principal secretary for basic education, added that the ministry has received Sh2 billion from the National Treasury to settle outstanding debts.
Due to financial limitations, the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has had trouble paying exam officials.
Government funding for national exams has remained constant despite an increase in applicants each year.
Mr. Oyuu emphasised that since the Exam Commission was given a deadline to correct the matter before involving the instructors further, the promised payment should have been included in the budget.
Oyuu requested the government to solve additional welfare issues, including greater capitation to schools and a revision of Career Progression Guidelines, among other urgent concerns, at the Knut’s Suba branch annual general meeting in Homa Bay County.
The dates for the KCPE and KPSEA exams in 2023 are set for October 30 to November 2, while the dates for the KCSE are November 3 to November 24.
Beginning on November 27 and ending on December 15, the KCSE exams will be marked.