KNEC to Review Examiners’ and Invigilators’ Allowances
Basic education principal secretary Dr Kipsang has confirmed that the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec), will this year review the allowances paid to invigilators and examiners of national examinations.
This revelation comes at a time that contracted professionals are grappling with challenges of low pay, delayed payments, poor working conditions and low morale.
The ps added that officials contracted by Knec to supervise the 2022 examinations will be paid after discussions with the National Treasury.
According to 2023/2024 budget estimates, that Knec has a shortfall of Sh1.8 billion. The council needs Sh1.024 billion to administer the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education but has an allocation of Sh942.1 million. For the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, the requirement is Sh4.82 billion while the allocated budget is Sh3.18 billion. Sh1 billion will be used for the national assessment of learners in Grade Six.
“The areas we have identified as key underfunded areas are critical to the achievement of our mandate. We, therefore, require an additional Sh42.043 billion and Sh1 billion in the recurrent and development budgets respectively,” said Dr Kipsang.
To improve quality assurance, the PS said the ministry has procured vehicles for education directors, which will be distributed next month. He also assured contractors who built classrooms in secondary schools last year but have not been paid that they will be paid before the end of the current financial year.