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Exams council unmoved by strike threats

25 November 2013, 10:19

Nairobi - The National Examination Council (KNEC) has allayed fears the examination marking exercise might be sabotaged following threats by the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) to withdraw its members from the activity.

KUPPET stated that it was going to ask its members boycott the exercise if the marking allowance was not going to be increased.

The union had demanded a 300 per cent salary increment for its members who would be taking part in the exercise.

“I do not think we should be worried and I say that because we have the assistance from county reports. We have trained more than 15,000 teachers and we do not use all of them all the time,” said KNEC Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga.

Examiners have already reported to the 33 marking centers for the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) scheduled to commence on Tuesday.

The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) marking exercise is set to kick off on December 3.

The number of examiners marking the exams has been increased with 8,000 examiners set to mark the KCSE Exams and 12,000 for the KCPE.

“Marking is a professional exercise. It is not employment. Examiners have a direct contract with the KNEC and are obligated to honour it. I cannot start pointing out who belongs to KUPPET and who belongs to Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT),” added Wasanga.

– CAJ News


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