KCSE marking disrupted by protests over low pay
SEE ALSO :IEBC lays ground for boundary reviewBut Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) acting chief executive Mercy Karogo said the stalemate over pay had been resolved and marking had resumed. It was later revealed that Knec had earlier pledged to review the marking rates for each script but the agency failed to effect the same when markers reported to their stations. Data seen by The Standard shows that the examiners are paid between Sh46 and Sh75 for each script they mark. Teachers who mark English papers are paid between Sh60 and Sh75 per script while those who mark Kiswahili papers get between Sh65 and Sh70. Mathematics and Biology scripts are paid at a rate of Sh55 to Sh58 while Physics and Chemistry papers range between Sh52 and Sh55. The Standard established that normalcy was only restored after Knec reviewed the pay up by Sh6, pushing the rate for each script to Sh52. The markers had demanded Sh68 per script. At Machakos Girls, about 1,100 examiners marking Business Studies Paper 2 had rejected the pay offered by Knec, terming it as “peanuts”.
SEE ALSO :Toxic food death toll rises to threeOne examiner yesterday claimed that Knec had knowledge of a prior agreement to raise the rates by at least Sh10 per script. But the exams body, the examiners said, changed its tune Monday morning after preparations were concluded “Knec had promised to adjust the marking rates upwards as we have been negotiating with them for the past two years. However, we were shocked to find they were offering Sh46 per paper, which is way below our expectations,” said the examiner who requested anonymity. The examiners were expected to complete marking in the next 15 days. Kenya Union of Post-Primary Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary General Akello Misori yesterday confirmed that the dispute arose over payment of the Business Studies papers. “The rate is far too short of the Sh68 per script paid for similar papers in the exam,” Mr Misori said.
Sharing bedsMilemba also revealed that examiners accommodation at Machakos Girls and Starehe Girls centres left a lot to be desired. Due to lack of beds, he said, examiners had been forced to sleep on the floor while others were sharing beds. “To better understand the examiners living conditions, consider the fact that the facilities in these schools are hardly sufficient for a similar number of students,” Misori said. The secretary general also said that despite Knec’s commendable efforts to guard the examinations at the school level, it should be compelled to broaden the reforms to cover the entire scope of exam management.
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