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The Kenya National examinations council, KNEC, has at last paid KCSE examiners their tokens, after a very long wait, coupled with untold anxieties. However, unlike previous years, KNEC has for the first time failed to pay the examiners’ arrears fully.

Thousands of examiners have complained bitterly after receiving MPESA messages confirming the receipt of only ksh. 10,000, which is less than 30% of most of the examiner’s balances. All examiners who participated in the 2020 KCSE marking exercise have only received between ksh. 9000- ksh. 10,000, despite the huge expectations they had.  English paper two examiners for instance, who were expecting arrears of up to ksh. 45,000, have only earned Ksh. 10,000.

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Sources privy to KNEC, who sought anonymity for fear of being victimised, have revealed that KNEC will pay 2020 KCSE marking arrears in not more than three instalments. This means that examiners who were expecting lower perks like chemistry paper three and physics paper three have one more instalment to go. Those expecting higher perks like examiners of languages and humanities might be paid upto three instalments.

The sources have cited inadequate funding as the major reason why KNEC cannot raise all the arrears at once. This resulted from underquotation of the number of 2020 KCSE candidates, which in turn impacted the release of less funds for the exercise by the treasury.

Out of ksh 1,025,235,307 that KNEC was supposed to receive, it only received ksh. 252,251,200, which had already been given to the examiners when the marking exercise ended. For 2020/2021 Financial year, KNEC was allocated ksh. 4,023,868,712 instead of ksh. 4,588,244,200 for KCPE and KCSE exercise. Raising this difference is what informed the delay of the arrears, and the subsequent payment through instalments.

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