The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has asked the Kenyan National Examination Council (KNEC) to increase allowances of the teachers supervising national exams by at least 50 per cent.
Malindi and Magarini branch KNUT chairman Fredrick Nguma said KNEC should consider increasing payments of the teachers and all other government officers involved to ensure that the national examinations run smoothly across the country.
Addressing headteachers, supervisors and invigilators during KNEC briefing at Catholic Institute in Malindi on Wednesday Nguma said that not all officers are paid well especially the police officers and drivers.
"In KCPE invigilators are paid KES 1500, supervisors KES 2330, drivers KES 990 and security KES 990 for the four days while KSCE Invigilators are paid KES 440, supervisors KES 600, drivers KES 385 and security KES 385 per day which is a low amount. We want it increased at least by 50 per cent," noted Nguma.
He said they (headteachers and principals) are also involved in supervising the exams to its success though they are not paid noting that KNEC should consider them as well.
The KNUT officer said teachers who are involved in preparing science practicals should also be paid since they spend their time doing so though are not considered by KNEC in terms of payment.
Nguma asked the government also to avoid delaying payments of officers after completion of the national exams and instead pay them immediately after exams since they have their contacts even if it is through Mpesa.
However the KNEC officers from Nairobi headquarters who had come for KCSE briefing assured KNUT that all officers will be well paid since it was one of their concerns.
Addressing the same meeting KNEC representative Kauk Korir said the examination body has put in consideration of the KNUT plight for the teachers assuring them that this round things will change in terms of payment.
"We are also concerned over the same issue and this time they will get handsome amount of money what we want to do is to develop a good payment system so that after job all staffs can be paid to avoid the delays,' he said.
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