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Government warns teachers' union against exam marking disruption

By Rawlings Otieno | Updated Mon, November 25th 2013 at 00:00 GMT +3

By RAWLINGS OTIENO

NAIROBI, KENYA: Education Principal Secretary, Belio Kipsang has warned that the government will not entertain any disruption to the marking of examinations.

He cautioned that such a move being fronted by Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) would create chaos in the educational system.

“Education is key to children and that includes even marking of the exams. The government will not condone any disruption of the exercise. Kuppet members must realize that they are putting the lives of the pupils and students in jeopardy,” said Kipsang.

Kipsang spoke during the National Awards Ceremony of the East African Community Students’ Essay Writing Competition at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development on Monday.

He said threat to boycott marking of examination will irreparably destroy the lives of class eight and form four students who had respectively invested eight and four years in preparing themselves for higher education and career aspirations.

He was flanked by the Principal Education Secretary at the East African Community Secretariat in Arusha, Dr. Aloysius Chebet, and the Acting Education Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. Kiragu Wa Magochi and the Director Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development, Dr. Lydia Nzomo.

The PS said that the demand by Kuppet that the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) increase examiners allowances by 300 per cent was an unrealistic demand coming at a wrong time.

Kipsang noted that KNEC contracted examiners independent of their employment status, saying KUPPET was getting involved in an issue that was not connected to trade unionism whatsoever.

Kuppet had threatened to withdraw the services of its members during the marking of national examinations over the meagre pay offered.

The PS congratulated the winners of the essay composition. He said it gave them an opportunity to sharpen their skills not only for their class work but also as a life skill that will benefit them in the future

He advised principals and head teachers in secondary schools to take the essay writing competition more seriously in subsequent competitions.

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