Education CS Ezekiel Machogu yesterday announced that the government will initiate the payment of outstanding dues owed to examiners of the 2022 Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) national examinations.
According to CS Machogu, a budget of Sh. 2 billion has been allocated to ensure that all pending payments to KNEC examiners, contracted officials, and suppliers are settled.
During the inaugural Education Day organized by MP Gitonga Mukunji in Manyatta Constituency, Embu, CS Machogu emphasized that the Ministry of Education will prioritize the prompt payment of examiners in the future, aiming to prevent any delays similar to those experienced previously.
He attributed the delay in payments to a financial shortfall at the council, which led to the accumulation of pending bills for over six months after the examination process was completed.
Machogu revealed that the ministry had already begun disbursing payments to contractors responsible for constructing Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms, with a total amount of Sh. 2.5 billion being allocated for this purpose.
The Cs also announced the ministry’s plan to hire an additional 24,000 teachers in the current financial year, in addition to the 36,000 teachers employed last year. The objective is to reduce the student-teacher ratio and enhance the quality of education.
Machogu commended the MP’s initiative to provide career guidance and counseling to secondary school learners, involving various stakeholders and professionals. He regarded this program as a significant development in shaping the future career paths of young minds.
He urged other constituencies to follow suit and introduce career-oriented education early on, aligning students’ skills and talents with their chosen paths.