The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has issued a warning that teachers will boycott the supervision and marking of national exams at the end of the year unless they are duly compensated for their services rendered during last year’s national exams.
The union want the Ministry of Education to address the issue promptly to avoid disruptions during the scheduled October and November examinations, including the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) for Grade Six students.
Knut Secretary-General, Collins Oyuu, revealed that teachers who supervised, invigilated, and marked the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations have yet to receive their payments.
To resolve the matter, Oyuu urged affected teachers not to participate in this year’s examinations until their grievances are adequately addressed.
Education Cabinet Secretary, Ezekiel Machogu, previously assured that the teachers and other personnel involved in administering the exams would be paid by the end of July.
Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang further confirmed that the ministry had received Sh2 billion from the National Treasury to clear pending payments.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has been facing difficulties in compensating exam officials due to budgetary constraints.
Despite an increase in the number of candidates each year, government funding for national examinations has remained stagnant.
Mr. Oyuu stressed that the promised payment should have been accounted for in the budget as the Exam Commission was given an ultimatum to rectify the situation before involving the teachers further.
During the Knut’s Suba branch annual general meeting in Homa Bay County, Oyuu urged the government to address other welfare issues, such as increased capitation to schools and a review of Career Progression Guidelines, among other pressing concerns.
The 2023 KCPE and KPSEA tests are scheduled to take place between October 30 and November 2, while the KCSE will be held from November 3 to 24.
The marking of KCSE papers will commence on November 27 and conclude on December 15.