KNEC Appoints All Deputy School Heads as Contracted Professionals
The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) has officially added deputy heads of institutions to list of contracted professionals.
Previously deputy headteachers and principals were used in schools during national examination periods but were not recognized by Knec.
This means they were not entitled for payment of stipend by Knec for helping in preparation for the exams and managing learners.
However in new changes, the deputy HOI’s will now help their school heads during the national examination period.
This according to Knec will help to curb cheating. Knec has also introduced a number of other changes which will affect the national exams and assessments planned to start in October.
Last week Knec issued a new statement blocking contracted professionals, examiners and assessors from engaging in activities that might compromise their office.
“While preparing candidates for examinations, peer learning and enhancing pedagogical skills are good practices, the Council wishes to observe that the Oath of Secrecy which every contracted professionals, examiners and assessors signs prohibits among other things, engaging in activities deemed to pose conflict of interest and divulging ones identity as a KNEC examiner/assessor, “said Knec.
The Council ordered all contracted professionals, examiners and assessors to desist from facilitating in such workshops.
Knec will administer national examinations to 2.3 million learners who will sit this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
Around 1,415,315 candidates will sit for KCPE exam, while another 903,260 will take the KCSE test.
Kenya National Examination Council Chief Executive David Njengere said preparations have been made for the candidates including 1,282,574 Grade Six learners who will sit for Kenya Primary School Education Assessment(KPSEA).