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KUPPET Want KNEC to Increase Examiners Pay, Alleges Harsh Treatment of Teachers

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KUPPET Want KNEC to Increase Examiners Pay, Alleges Harsh Treatment of Teachers

Secretary General of the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet), Akelo Misori, has stated that the Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) must increase examiners’ pay in order to ensure the integrity of national examinations.

Misori stated that greater compensation will ensure that examiners maintain their professionalism and enhance their morale.

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam malpractices, in his opinion, are the result of the deplorable working conditions to which teachers are exposed.

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The secretary-general of the Kuppet, speaking at the executive board meeting of the union in Nairobi, requested that Knec increase the daily out-of-pocket allowance for examiners from Sh150 to Sh500.

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Misori mentioned that the improved terms of service and engagement, particularly the arrangement for payment to examiners per script, aim to motivate them during the two and a half weeks of conducting the exercise.

According to his allegations, Knec allegedly subjected teachers to severe working conditions while administering national examinations.

He also conveyed that the Kenya National Examination Council had taken severe measures, suspending 600 examiners of CRE Paper 1, a move that he deemed unnecessary. Misori urged the council to reconsider this decision.

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The Education Committee’s investigation into examination malpractice from the previous year identified inadequate teacher compensation as the underlying cause of the vice.

The report indicates that the committee observed secrecy in activities at the marking centres, including aspects related to the integrity of markers, marking schemes, award of marks, and the moderation process. The report noted that examiners faced delays in payment.

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Concurrently, Kuppet issued a threat of industrial action if the government did not hire intern instructors whose contracts had expired.

Misori criticized the engagement of casual laborers for being such a crucial aspect of the educational system, labeling it an unfair labor practice. He called on Parliament to allocate sufficient funds to hire these teachers on permanent and pensionable terms, ensuring both the quality of education and professionalism.

KUPPET Want KNEC to Increase Examiners Pay, Alleges Harsh Treatment of Teachers

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