The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is facing criticism for not paying teachers who supervised, invigilated, and marked the 2022 National exams, despite completing their work over four months ago.
Nominated Senator Esther Okenyuri has requested that KNEC provide a clear roadmap to ensure prompt payment for teachers who participate in future national examinations.
Okenyuri wants KNEC to explain why they have not paid the teachers who marked the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam papers, and to provide measures to avoid delays in future payments.
Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina has suggested that part of the money paid by candidates for exam registration should be used to pay teachers and put in a special account to avoid delays.
He also emphasized that it was unfair for teachers to be denied payment for their work. Kina suggested that the matter be approved not only by the Senate but also by the National Assembly so that the issue could be addressed.
He empathized with the teachers who have to wait for months to get paid for an exercise that has already concluded.
Nominated Senator Beatrice Ogola also expressed concern about the delay in payment, stating that it was unfair that the results were already celebrated nationally and a number of candidates were happy about the outcome while the teachers who invigilated, supervised, and marked the exams are yet to be paid several months later.
“KNEC needs to tell us why it has not paid the teachers who marked the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exam papers, we also want to be told measures put in place to avoid delays in future,” said Okenyuri.
Ogola highlighted the critical role that teachers play in the invigilation and marking of exams, stating that they need to be adequately prepared for the tough job ahead to set a good foundation for students.