Kenya National Examination Council has declined to increase the remarking rates which they offer to teachers by saying it is a wish of a teacher to whether do it or not. “Since the issue of the examiner’s marking fee is an individual contract, and agreed to before reporting to a centre, the Council found it impossible to find an extra budget to revise the rates midway,” Nyabundi said.
This has risen up as teachers strikes in Mang'u secondary school as the ongoing marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) was stopped indefinitely after teachers involved in the exercise downed their tools decrying poor working conditions and low wages. KUPPET leaders led by vice-chair Julius Korir has slammed Knec management for exposing examiners to poor working conditions. " We are calling Kenya National Examination Council to be more consultative to what it is doing. We want marking rate fixed at sh 100 bob across all subjects", he said.
On the other hand CRE examiners have complained on the wages they receive per paper compared to other subjects whereby they receive sh 55 while other subjects receive sh 70 they have complained over that and also they want the marking rates to be increased up to sh 100 per script. Edward Ombocha, secretary general KUPPET on his side called off the government to pay al examiners who were sacked on Wednesday for the work they had done.
The secretary general said in a statement, “Teachers have said enough is enough, we will develop unspecified actions in future,” Misori said. He added that teachers are denied their rights of even going to church and also they are not given good meals. “Our teachers are eating ugali and sukuma wiki, there is even no meat. They are not allowed to go to church or even mosque,” he said.
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