Legislators Demand Increased Dues For KNEC Contracted Professionals
Members of Parliament now want the Kenya national examinations councils, KNEC, to review payment rates of all KNEC contracted professionals.
Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui, who also serves as the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) assistant national treasurer called for a review of the charges. He cited the prevailing tough economic times in the country as the motivation.
Data by the examination council shows that that KCPE managers are paid Sh500 per day for four days while their counterparts in secondary schools are paid a similar amount for 18 days.
The highest paid supervisor pockets Sh12,510 while invigilators get Sh9,860.
Based on the technicalities involved in marking each paper, the papers have different rates in terms of payment. Alongside payment per script, examiners are entitled to a one-time basic fee of ksh. 1,100 a coordination fee of ksh. 150 per day.
The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) contracted 242,406 teachers across the country to man the national examinations.
Drivers and security personnel were also contracted during the administration of the exams.
The legislator also wants Education CS George Magoha to explain why teachers who administered and marked KCPE and KCSE exams have not been paid.
Teachers were contracted as invigilators, supervisors, exam center managers, team leaders and exam markers during the examinations.
Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui inquired why there are recurrent delays in payment of the teachers during question time in Parliament.
He said it was unfortunate that while other personnel have been prioritized, teachers who rendered their services are yet to be paid.
“Every year the national examinations council fails to release the payment of these teachers on time while prioritizing other personnel, the cabinet secretary should come out and explain,” Tonui said.
The legislator further wants Magoha to give a time frame during which the payments will be released.
Magoha will appear before the departmental committee on education and research within two weeks to respond to the issues.