The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has drawn up a plan it will use to develop, administer and protect the credibility of the tests over the next five years to prevent mass walk outs of examiners . According to KNEC, the scheme will also guide the assessment of the school.
This came as Knec identified impending threats, vulnerabilities and potential flaws that could affect its operations.
In the plan, Knec has listed possible mass walkouts of teachers participating in the processing of national examinations, continuing examination fraud, political interference, inadequate secretariat staff, and cyber insecurity threatening national examinations among its main concerns.
Negative public perception, rapid technological change, natural disasters, litigation related to the examination, and competition from other evaluation bodies were also identified as potential weak links in the council’s operations.
Counterfeiting of Knec certificates, irresponsible or obsolete syllabus in some courses, corruption and unethical practices are also highlighted as potential threats to the administration of examinations.
These details are contained in its 2021-2026 Strategic Plan unveiled by Education CS George Magoha.
For timely and reliable response after the examination, KNEC, in its strategic planning, recognized the important role of examiners and remuneration of key players in the examination process by retaining trained examiners and restoring their interest in completing the process. Cited as one of the solutions to do. ,
The evaluation body has so far sought funds from the treasury so that it can give better packages to the examiners. This means that the rate per paper payment and out-of-pocket allowance is expected to increase from March this year. This will surely prevent the examinees from skipping the marking and will improve the perception of the examiners regarding KNEC.