Teachers threaten to boycott KNEC. Unless they are paid for the services they offered last year, educators have threatened that they will not show up for the supervision and marking of the Kenyan national exams this year. This is according to a report by a teachers union.
KNUT has given a warning saying that educators will bring disrupt during this year’s national examinations. This is because the ministry of education has not yet paid them their dues from last year.
Grade 6 learners are also expected to take their Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) examinations late this year.
The KNUT secretary general Collins Oyuu said that supervisors, invigilators and markers of the 2022 KCPE and KCSE examinations are yet to be paid. He therefore told all teachers not to take part in this year’s exercise unless their grievances are heard and solved.
Two weeks ago, the ministry of education through CS Machogu promised that members who participated in the examinations administration were to receive their dues before the end of July.
The principal secretary for basic education Dr Belio Kipsang on Wednesday last week said that the ministry of education had received sh2 million which was directed to paying exam officials.
It is evident that KNEC has been struggling to pay examiners because of budgetary constraints. Despite the fact that the number of learners has risen, the government still allocated the same amount of money towards the national examinations.
Oyuu also said that the payment was factored in he budget. He therefore gave an ultimatum to KNEC not to engage them if the payment is not coming. Oyuu said this while attending an annual general meeting of the KNUT Homabay branch. He called on the national government to take note of the union’s issues.
In addition, he raised a concern about teachers who are being dismissed from their jobs during their final years. This therefore leads to them missing out retirement benefits. He therefore proposed that teacher compensation should be determined by how long the teacher served in the profession.
Teachers threaten to boycott KNEC