The national test marking procedure and laws need to be reviewed, according to the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET), who have listed three pressing concerns.
The KUPPET Secretary General, Akello Misori, said that the examiners were living like captives on Ramogi TV on January 11th.
He claimed that the living circumstances at the marking centers were one of the problems that led to its members leaving St. Francis Mang'u Girls High School.
"Did you realize that the marking center benefits everyone, even the prisoners? Once they arrived, nobody was allowed to leave the centers. Even visiting people is not allowed.
"The government views exam marking as a matter of life and death, and this has an impact on instructors," he said.
Misori also stated that since the government was still utilizing a model created in 1987, the compensation for examiners needed to be reconsidered.
"They continue to receive daily pay of Ksh 150. When you leave the centers, that money won't even be enough to buy you a Coke. Why should they receive such a large salary when they are influencing the lives of so many children? "He declared.
The Ministry of Education was also urged by him to respect the irate teachers, adding that some of them had been teargassed after putting down their tools.
However, Misori persuaded his coworkers to resume their duties, stating that they had already signed a contract.
He said that before the upcoming marking exercise, which is slated for later this year, new terms and conditions would be addressed.
Before schools resume on January 23, the KCSE results are expected to be made public.
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