Magoha Tells Education Committee Why 2020 KCPE / KCSE Examiners Have Not Been Paid
Cabinet Secretary in the ministry of education, George Magoha, has revealed why thousands of examiners who marked 2020 KCPE and KCSE are yet to be paid.
It has been a tradition that KNEC engages teachers and other contracted professionals in the conduction of national examinations and pays them for the services rendered. However, the token has taken abnormally long to hit examiners’ accounts yet the candidates are almost joining form one and colleges respectively.
Bomet Central member of parliament Hon. Ronald Tonui in a past parliament session questioned the education CS why the KNEC is yet to pay teachers who marked KCSE 2020 examinations and when they will be paid.
In response to Hon. Ronald Tonui’s question, CS Magoha stated that KNEC was granted less allocation for KCPE/KCSE 2020. In addition, the CS revealed that the reconciliation of the 2020 KCSE examiners script fees was completed and the total payable amount was Kes. 1,025,235,307 out of which Kes.251,251,200 was paid at the conclusion of the marking period between 4th and 7th May 2021.
The outstanding balance, which is Kes.773,984,107.00, is what KNEC requires to successfully pay all the examiners.
“For the FY 2020/2021, KNEC was allocated KCPE/KCSE grants of Kes.4,023,868,712 instead of the required Kes.4,588,244,200 at Kes.800 per candidate for KCPE and Kes.5,400 per candidate for KCSE. Consequently, KNEC was not unable to pay the teachers who were engaged during the marking of the 2020 KCSE examinations on time,” said CS Magoha.
Magoha assured parliament that the Ministry is engaging the National Treasury for the release of the outstanding funds to ensure that the outstanding arrears are paid as soon as possible to the markers.
In a bid to prevent the same delaying of payment in future, prof. Magoha advised that KNEC should verify the number of candidates immediately the registration exercise is concluded so that the deficit is factored in a Supplementary budget tabled and considered timely.
“To forestall a recurrence of such unpaid arrears in time for the next national examinations, KNEC has been directed to ascertain the number of candidates as soon as the registration process is concluded, in order for the Ministry to ensure that any shortfall is covered in the Supplementary budget tabled and considered by Parliament before the examinations begin in March 2022,” said Magoha.