KNEC to recruit new CEO

Outgoing KNEC CEO Dr Mercy Karogo.

The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) is recruiting a new chief executive officer.

In an advert published in the papers, the board said it was looking for a firm, self-driven, results-oriented, dynamic, innovative, robust, fair and transparent leader.

The new CEO will take over from Mercy Karogo, who was appointed in 2016 to restore credibility of the examinations. Dr Karogo has been the acting CEO since the then Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i executed the purge that kicked out top Council management. She was appointed alongside George Magoha as the Council chairperson, during the reign of Dr Matiang'i.

Under her leadership as CEO, Karogo oversaw elimination of then rampant examination malpractices that included leakages. Knec is presently grappling with early exposures, which happen just after the examination papers leave the safe storage of the metallic containers.

With the change process coming under the disrupted school calendar, insiders say the recruitment process may affect preparation for the next examinations before the end of the year.

Two other sets of examinations are scheduled for March and December next year, as the government rushes to steady the school calendar and guarantee transition following the effects of Covid 19. The development means the new CEO must learn examination administration ropes fast to guarantee the safety and security of the tests.

This shift comes as the process of examinations administration is increasingly facing new threats from cheating cartels keen to dent the credibility of the tests.

With the new CEO expected to oversee examinations reforms under the Competency-Based Curriculum, the Council says it is also looking for a candidate who has expertise in curriculum conceptualisation, development and evaluation. 

In the communication, the Council said the candidates must be dynamic and have a strategic mind with a passion for performance and the ability to motivate teams and deliver measurable performance outputs.