A section of the clergy has called upon the government to promptly remunerate examiners who administered the 2022 Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) exams.
Teachers are now expressing their intention to abstain from participating in the assessment and administration of this year’s exams.
Neophitus Kong’ai, who serves as the Bishop of the Orthodox Church in Eldoret, Nandi County, and the northern Kenya Diocese, expressed the clergy’s dissatisfaction with the delayed payments to teachers.
Speaking during an event at Holy Resurrection Church, coinciding with the Orthodox Church’s New Year calendar observance, Kongai emphasized that the government should allocate sufficient funds within its budget to prioritize the examination process, thus avoiding unwarranted crises.
Patrick Munuhe, Chairman of the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT), disclosed that it took the government a whole year to settle payments owed to teachers who oversaw the KCPE, KCSE, and KPSEA examinations in the previous year.
Munuhe further revealed the payments were significantly delayed hat despite numerous correspondence attempts to ayed.
Moreover, Munuhe stated that teachers would not be inclined to take on invigilation roles for the upcoming national examinations unless there were clear guidelines and assurances regarding compensation.
He said they had set a two-week deadline for KNEC to address the outstanding debts.
Munuhe cautioned that teachers were fully prepared to take action, including potentially declining to oversee the 2023 national examinations, should the overdue payments not be promptly addressed.
KNUT has warned of possible protests at KNEC offices, joined by examiners, if the payments are not expedited.
The 2023 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will start on Thursday, October 10, and end on Friday, November 24.
Knec said the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) will be done in the same period.
The exams for both levels will begin on Monday, October 30, and end on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.