KCSE Exam Marking Smoothly Ongoing, KNEC Says Results To Be Released on Time.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has guaranteed that the marking process for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination is proceeding well in all 35 examination centers.
On Monday, more than one thousand teachers stationed at St. Francis Mang’u Girls High School attempted to disrupt the exercise by laying down their tools in protest of terrible working conditions and low pay.
KNEC announces in a statement that a Chief Examiner has been removed in an exercise to protest by teachers marking KCSE exams, stating that the angry examiners were allowed to leave the marking process without causing further delays.
As a compromise to ensure the smooth progression of the marking process, the Council authorities agreed to replace the Chief Examiner after consultations. In a statement, KNEC asserted.
Likewise, examiners who wished to continue marking were allowed to do so uninterruptedly.
The Council has since invited trained examiners from its database in order to ensure the exercise’s smooth progression.
In addition, KNEC promised the public that examination results will be released on time.
“The Council wishes to assure the country that the marking exercise is going on well and will be completed in time to ensure a timely release of the KCSE Examination. ” Stated KNEC.
The teachers who paralyzed the marking exercise were ordered to leave the venue within 30 minutes, while Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang held a crisis meeting to determine the next course of action in light of the potential disruption of this month’s scheduled release of KCSE examination results.
Intimidation, dictatorial leadership by the center manager and the implementation of punitive examination marking policies were also noted by the over 1,000 teachers.
Tens of heavily armed police officers were deployed to the center to expedite its closure, and the striking teachers were told to vacate the building within 30 minutes.
The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) accused the Kenya National Examination Council of failing to fulfill its commitments to examiners.
The Union asserts that examiners marking the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination were subjected to torture while carrying out their duties at several examination marking centers around the country.
The impasse between striking examiners and KNEC could delay the release of this month’s KCSE findings.