The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has issued a two-week ultimatum to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) to pay examiners who marked the 2022 examinations.
KUPPET leaders yesterday said they would mobilize to occupy Mitihani House if KNEC did not pay the examiners within two weeks.
More than 40,000 examinees have not been paid since the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) marking was completed in January.
To date, the Board has not given any reason why it has not paid the examiners up-to-date.
KUPPET noted that delays in the payment of allowances to examiners had become an ongoing problem for Knec.
In a statement by KUPPET chairperson Omboko Milemba, the union also complains of low marking rates, an issue that has seen some teachers boycott CRE Paper One marking at St Francis Girls High School in Mang’u, Kiambu County.
The Knec works with the TEACHERS Service Commission (TSC) to deploy teachers to monitor and supervise the national examinations and later mark them. Since the parties involved are contracted by Knec, the council foots the bill.
In the budget proposals for the 2023/2024 financial year, the Knec was allocated over Sh5 billion for the administration of national examinations.
Knec requested Sh6,847 billion, which means it will have a deficit of Sh1,823 billion.
In an apparent reaction to the Mang’u incident, TSC Executive Director Nancy Macharia urged teachers to be patriotic during the exercise.