Nancy Macharia’s Full Speech At The Multi-Agency Meeting On National Examinations Administration.
TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISSION TALKING POINTS BY TEACHERS SERVICE COMMISSION CEO NANCY MACHARIA DURING A MULTI-AGENCY MEETING ON THE 2021 NATIONAL EXAMINATIONS ADMINISTRATION ON FEBRUARY 18, 2022, AT THE KENYA SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT AT 7.30 AM
I am happy to be part of the multi-agency team meeting this morning to affirm our commitment to ensure that the 2021 KCPE and KCSE will be administered in a fair and favourable environment that will give an opportunity for all candidates to excel.
Careful Selection of 242,406 Teachers to Support the 2021 Exam Process
On behalf of the TSC, I wish to assure the country that all the teachers are fully prepared to play their part to ensure that everything comes together as planned in the entire period of the national examinations.
This year, the Commission has identified and vetted 242,406 teachers who will be presented to the Kenya National Examination Council to serve as invigilators, supervisors, centre managers and examiners during this process.
Only the best cream of teachers, those who do not have any known disciplinary issues, have been identified as part of the Commission’s determination to guarantee integrity in examination administration.
Special categories of teachers spared from the examination process, However, the Commission has excluded all female teachers who will be serving their maternity leave during the examination period to ensure they attend to their infants without disruption.
You may have realised that the Commission has this week released details to all teachers spelling out the much-improved maternity, paternity, and adoptive leaves for teachers in line with the CORT and the 2021-2025 CBA.
The aim is to ensure that all teachers involved in the examinations process give the exercise undivided attention.
Cancellation of Leave for all TSC Field Staff
Starting from Monday 21st February 2022 the Commission will expect all field officers currently on leave to return to their workstations to ensure there are no gaps in service.
As a result, we will be cancelling all annual leave and field activities for all our sub-county, county, and regional officers during the examination period. We expect our officers to join hands with other multi-agency sector players in conducting final preparations ahead of the examinations.
COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Uptake
I wish to congratulate all teachers for taking up the COVID-19 vaccination. Record of the MoH shows that the uptake surpassed the 100 per cent mark! Congratulations to our teachers for this achievement.
Although this is impressive, the Commission now wishes to urge our teachers to go further and take up the COVID-19 booster jabs that are being administered in all parts of the country.
In addition, we urge all Centre managers to remain vigilant and ensure that all examination officials wear masks and adhere to all other MoH measures while at the examination centres.
No examination official should be allowed to enter an examination centre without a mask.
I wish to remind all our teachers that the TSC medical scheme is still covering all COVID-related cases. Any teacher who tests positive for the virus should always visit any health facility to utilise the health insurance cover.
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CBC TEACHER PREPARATION
I wish to assure the country that the TSC is preparing all our teachers for the gradual implementation of the CBC.
Ahead of the rollout in Grade Six in May 2022, and Junior Secondary in 2023, the Commission has made necessary arrangements to train teachers to ensure smooth implementation.
So far, 229,292 teachers have been trained on CBC ahead of the Grade Six rollout. Further training will be conducted in April 2022 as part of the deliberate plan to train all teachers.
I wish to thank all teachers for their unwavering support to the smooth running of academic programmes in our schools.
I once again urge them to step up the gear this year when we expect them to participate in five national examinations.
I have no doubt at all that the Kenyan teachers will deliver first-class services.
I now wish all the KCPE and KCSE candidates the very best as they engage in their tail-end preparations for the national examinations due next month.
Thank you, God bless you
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