In order to prevent their members from organizing to seize Mitihani House, the Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) has given the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) a two-week deadline for paying the examiners who marked the 2022 examinations.

Following the end of marking in January, the teachers’ union claims that more than 40,000 examiners from the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) have not yet received their salaries.

Knec is still having trouble with the issue of late allowance payments.

According to a statement from Kuppet Head Omboko Milemba, the union also complains about the low marking costs, which caused some teachers to boycott the marking of CRE Paper One at St. Francis Girls High School in Mang’u, Kiambu County.

“The project followed an extremely busy academic year in which teachers seldom took a break from their duties.” Long hours, subpar housing in student residences, subpar food, and, above all, low compensation are characteristics of the profession itself, according to Mr. Milemba.

The concerns had lasted for some time, he continued, calling the marking “a ritual of pain” for teachers.

Along with Knec, the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) assigns teachers to supervise and invigilate national exams before to marking them.

The costs are covered by the council because Knec employs those it engages.

However, after it has been fully implemented in both elementary and secondary schools, the competency-based curriculum will alter.

There will be frequent tests in schools in place of the exams.

The last cohort of candidates for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) to sit the exam in the preceding five years will do so this year. While KCSE exams cost Sh5,400, each KCPE candidate must pay Sh800.

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