A section of teachers involved in the marking of national examinations threatened to boycott the exercise as the Ministry of Education did not meet the demands.
Kenya, led by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), accused the ministry of failing to implement some of their collective agreements.
Speaking in Njoro sub-county at the annual meeting involving teachers’ representatives in Nakuru on Saturday November 26, KUPPET Deputy Secretary General Moses Thuranira underlined the need for government to prioritize teachers’ concerns to avoid disruption of national exams.
At the time of marking, the teachers lamented that the figures were less than the earnings of other officials.
CUPET Vice Chair Julius Korir speaks on Saturday 26 November 2022.
“Our teachers have been asked not to report to the marking centers so that we can negotiate better rates for the papers.
“Teachers are paid very poorly compared to other examination-handling officials so we can negotiate for them,” Thuranira said.
Speaking at the same event, Kuppet Vice Chairperson Julius Korir called for the decentralization of the marking center from Nairobi to different parts of the country.
Offering the government a short-term solution, Korir advised the Ministry of Education to increase the travel allowance for teachers involved in the marking exercise.
“We will not sit idly by discriminating against teachers or forcing them to mark exam papers on low pay. An increment for marking exams and their travel allowance should be increased,” Korir said.
The Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) will run from Monday 28 November to Wednesday 30 November. It will run parallel to the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KEPSIA) for Grade 6 students.
Form for candidates, on the other hand, the Kenya Certificate for Secondary Examinations (KCSE) is set to commence from Friday 2nd December to Friday 23rd December.
The marking exercise is set to begin soon before the results are published in 2023.
Students sit a Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) examination