KNEC: This is Why 2021 Examiners Will Wait Longer
The Kenya national examinations council (KNEC) has revealed that teachers who took part in marking the 2021 KCPE and KCSE exams will have to wait for some time before getting their dues.
Initially, sources had revealed that the teachers who participated in marking the 2021 KCPE and KCSE exams will be paid before end of June. An officer from KNEC offices revealed that the council had decided to pay the examiners before July since they had pressure to clear their accounts before receiving the budget for the 2022/ 2023 financial year.
However, June has passed and we are in July, yet KNEC has not paid the contracted professionals. In connection to the delay, KNEC CEO David Njengere has confirmed that the council needs more time to verify data on the contracted professionals before authorizing their payments.
“This is not a delay but an issue of procedure which must be followed. That is why we shall take longer to pay the dues. I urge examiners to continue being patient since their dues will be paid,” said Njengere.
KNEC made the initial steps towards meeting this goal by ensuring that all invigilators, supervisors, centre managers, security personnel and drivers who participated in the 2021 KCPE and KCSE are paid. The mentioned contracted professionals received their full dues.
Already, KCSE examiners had received a down payment of between ksh 10,000 and ksh. 20,0000 depending on the paper. The officers confirmed that what remained will be paid in full, unlike last year, where it was paid in installments.
“We have paid all the supervisors, centre managers, invigilators, security officers and drivers all their dues. KNEC cannot go anywhere with your money since it will need you again before conducting another exam. We are having examiners next, and we will pay them their full dues any time before end month. It can even be next week, but I am not sure if we will get all the required signatures to effect those payments. I do not want to commit myself but the examiners should be ready to get their money any time from now,” confirmed a senior KNEC official who spoke to our team.
During the 2021 KCPE and KCSE exams, the Teachers Service Commission TSC, assigned 242,406 teachers national exam supervision and marking duties.
KCPE examiners only marked Insha and Composition papers. The marking of multiple-choice questions was done by the modern Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) which electronically scored the papers.
The delayed payments have caused frustrations and protests from teachers who supervised and invigilated the exams.
Teachers have been questioning why Knec is delaying their payments yet the KCPE and KCSE results were released long ago.
KNEC had in February warned that it will only make payment to those who officially register their details on the Cp2 platform.
However, Treasury CAS Eric Wafukho informed the examiners that there should be no panic since everything will be taken care of.
According to Wafukho, the government rolled out financing of the whole examination activities including paying teachers, drivers and security personnel through the treasury and they expect that the process will be smooth.
He maintains however that all logistics must be followed prior to the payment.
Earlier speculations revealed that the government coffers are dry, hindering it from meeting the obligation of paying teachers who manned the exams.