Teachers have been suffering a lot when it comes to manning and marking of the national examinations as they are usually given a very little pay.
Teachers are now demanding higher pay for examination officials and improved conditions in the marking centers and that of those who contracted during the tests.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) now want the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) to increase marking fee for Ksh 50 per script due to harsh economic crisis in the country anthe times of covid-19.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) argues want press like those of Chemistry paper 1, Mathematics and English should not be paid below Ksh 100. This is from the current pay of between Ksh of 51and 58.
KUPPET Secretary General Akello Misori says Science teachers ( Biology, Chemistry and Physics) need to be considered for allowances. He added that teachers of teachnical subjects like music, Home Science, Agriculture and building and construction to be included on the list of teachers who will get allowances.
The teachers Union also want the examination council to increase the allowances for the invigilators and the supervisors by 100% . It is also arguing the Kenya National Examination Council to increase the allowance of the center managers ( head teachers and principals).
Currently, the primary school head teachers are paid a flat rate of Ksh 500 for 3 days they oversee KCPE examinations while the secondary heads take home a flat rate of Ksh 500 for 18 day for manning KCSE which cumulatively means Ksh 9000.
KCPE supervisors get Ksh 2,485 while the invigilators take home Ksh 1,615, the security personal gets Ksh1050 and the driver receives Ksh1040.
KCSE supervisors from Nairobi and Mombasa gets Ksh 697 per day which translates to Ksh 12,510 in 18 days while those from other counties gets Ksh 630 for 17 days.
Invigilator from Nairobi and Mombasa earns sh 580 while those other regions are given sh 460.
Do you think if all these demands are implemented will improve the welfare of teachers in Kenya?
Source : The Standard Newspaper Page 13 of Monday 12th April 2021.
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