The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has contracted an extra 26,629 teachers to administer, manage and mark national examinations due to the increased number of candidates in the country.
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE ) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) will begin this month on the 22nd.
The 26,629 teachers are an increase from the 20,100 teachers that were contracted during the 2019 exams by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) according to TSC TSC boss Dr Nancy Njeri Macharia.
A total of 1,191,725 candidates will sit for the KCPE examination which is an increase from the 1,08,86 number of candidates in 2019. A total of 752,981 candidates have been registered by KNEC to sit for KCSE this year compared to the 699,745 candidates in 2019.
The increased number of candidates in a time when Kenya is fighting with the spread of Covid-19 has seen Examination centres increased from 10,287 in 2019 to 10,437 this year for KCSE.
The Examination Centres for the KCPE examinations have also increased from 27,809 schools last exams cheating and this year.
The Education Cabinet secretary Professor George Magoha on Thursday warned against examination irregularities even as he maintained that the candidates were ready for the exams.
“The ministry is aware of plans by some centre managers to retain teachers employed by the Board of Management (B0M) in scrools to aid in cheatingand this will not be entertained,” said Magoha.