75,000 Examiners Pay Delay: Senator Takes Action Against KNEC, Demands 3 Answers
During a Senate session, Nominated Senator Esther Okenyuri spoke in defence of the 74,990 teachers who worked as invigilators during the 2022 Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE).
The Senator demanded an explanation from the Standing Committee on Education regarding the government’s delay in paying the teachers.
The invigilators were part of a team of over 100,000 experts who oversaw the national examination.
Okenyuri asked why the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) had not paid the teachers who supervised, invigilated and marked the 2022 KCPE and KCSE exams, despite the conclusion of the examination more than four months ago.
“I rise, pursuant to Standing Order 53(1), to seek a Statement from the Standing Committee on Education regarding payment of teachers who invigilated and marked the 2022 KCPE and KCSE exams,” Senator Okenyuri stated.
She also inquired about the measures taken by the government to pay the teachers without further delays and demanded to know about long-term redress measures to ensure timely payments for teachers contracted for supervision, invigilation and marking of national examinations.
The KNEC had previously stated that payment would be made to its hired experts, including teachers, security officers, and drivers after the completion and public disclosure of exam results.
The payment was expected to be Ksh580 daily for a single investigator in Nairobi and Mombasa, and Ksh460 per day for invigilators working in other regions.
The report on the matter will be tabled in the Senate at a later time. Of the candidates who took the 2022 KCSE Examination, 443,644 were male, while 437,772 were female, representing 50.33 per cent and 49.67 per cent of the total candidature, respectively.