The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) contracts teachers to administer the both Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
The contracted professionals include Centre Managers (Principals and Head Teachers), Supervisors, Invigilators, examiners, and Security Personnel charged with manning the national exams.
The marking of learners’ scripts varies in cost from one subject to another due to the unique format and nature of each subject and paper. In some cases, different papers within a subject are also compensated differently per script.
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Payment for KCSE Examiners
According to instructions observed by our media house, a co-ordination fee of Kes. 150.00 per day, a basic fee of Kes 1,100.00, and a script fee at the rate of Kes. 55 per script, along with travel expenses based on the work station, is paid to a Christian Religious Education (CRE) examiner.
The script fee covers all marking-related activities, including but not limited to the actual marking of scripts, entry of scores on mark sheets, cross-checking, adjudication, and report writing.
Payment for KNEC contracted KCSE examiners is subject to taxation in accordance with the PAYE regulations/guidelines.
Examiners will have a withholding tax of 5% applied to any payment exceeding Kes. 24,000. Consequently, only those who meet this threshold will be taxed.
English Paper III offers the highest payment among written exams, at Sh77 per script, while Biology Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3 examiners earn Sh52 per script.
Examiners marking Chemistry Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3 receive Sh52 per script, while teachers marking Physics Paper 1, Paper 2, and Paper 3 earn Sh60 per script.
Tutors marking Christian Religious Education (CRE) for both Paper 1 and Paper 2 are paid Sh55 per script. History and Government examiners are also paid Sh55 per script.
A script of Computer Paper 1 costs Sh54, and teachers marking it receive Sh65 per script.
Kiswahili Paper 3 is one of the subjects that garners a higher payment per script, with each examiner earning Sh69 for every paper marked.
The highest-paid supervisor receives a total of Sh12,510, while the highest-paid invigilator earned Sh9,860.
Centre Managers for the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exams receive a daily subsistence allowance of Sh500 for a total of 4 days (including the rehearsal day).
Secondary school principals earn a daily allowance of Sh500 for 18 days.