KNEC Pays Exam Personel, Some Examiners To Wait a Little Longer.
Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has finally paid thousands of teachers, security officers, and drivers who helped administer the 2021 national exams in March and April.
The allowances were wired to 86,026 personnel involved in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams on Friday, but examiners who marked the papers will have to wait a little longer.
Knec has a busy year ahead of it as it prepares to administer the second set of national examinations in a calendar year beginning in November.
The KCPE was given between March 7 and 9, while the KCSE was given between March 10 and April 1.
The tests involved 9,982 center managers, 10,102 supervisors, 44,614 invigilators, and 19,328 security officers.
Contractual officials have long complained about late payments. Many of them have taken to social media to express their displeasure.
Knec CEO David Njeng’ere told the Nation that the council takes time to gather and verify data on contracted professionals before paying them.
“It’s not a delay but an issue of procedure and that’s why it takes time,” he said. Since 2018, the government has been waiving examination fees for all candidates in both public and private schools.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education hopes to restore order to the academic calendar, which was disrupted by the pandemic in 2020.
Learners in Grades Three, Four, Five, and Six will all participate in school-based end-of-grade assessments under the competency-based curriculum (CBC).
Pupils in Grades Four, Five, and Six will receive marks that will account for 20% of their total score at the end of the primary cycle.
Following that, Grade Six students will take the first Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA), which will be graded out of 40%.
The assessment will be given in conjunction with the KCPE exams from November 28 to 30. This will be the second to last KCPE exam before the final 8-4-4 class leaves in November of next year.
Students in Grade Six will be evaluated in five subjects. The first day included English and mathematics, the second day included integrated science (science and technology, agriculture, home science, and physical and health education), and the third day included creative arts and social studies.
Arts and crafts, religious education, and music are also included.
Knec will then administer the KCSE exams from December 2 to December 23.
In addition, the council will conduct business exams next month, technical papers in June and July, and the Kenya Intermediate Level Assessment in November.
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These are completed by special needs students whose learning is stage-based before progressing to pre-vocational level under the CBC.
Teacher trainees pursuing the Diploma in Primary Teacher Education will take Knec exams in July.
The KSEA, KCPE, and KCSE registration processes were completed last month, and Knec has invited parents and candidates to confirm their information.