2019 KCSE BREAKING NEWS: KUPPET DEMANDS BETTER PAYMENT FOR 2019 KNEC KCSE EXAMINERS
KUPPET HAS THREATENED TO PARALYZE THE 2019 KCSE MARKING EXERCISE IN SOLIDARITY WITH KNEC EXAMINERS WHO ARE DEMANDING FOR BETTER PAY FIND OUT WHY
A DETAILED GUIDE ON KUPPET’S ULTIMATUM, KCSE MARKING EXERCISE, KNEC PAYMENT RATES FOR BUSINESS PAPER II EXAMINERS AND 2019 KCSE RELEASE DATES
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The Kenya Union of Post Primary Teachers, KUPPET HAS JOINED HANDS WITH Kenyan teachers who were contracted to mark this year’s KCSE exams to demand for better pay.
KUPPET through its Secretary-General Akelo Misori said that the payment given to KNEC examiners does not commensurate the hardships Kenyan teachers are subjected to in those KNEC designated marking centres.
LONG WORKING HOURS AND CONGESTION
Some of the challenges that KNEC examiners are currently experiencing include long working hours and congestion.
In Alliance Girls, for instance, there are 1, 800 examiners marking this year’s English Paper III 101/3.
This means that the school’s resources have been stretched to host this year’s KNEC examiners.
Besides, the KNEC contracted professionals are expected to wake up as early as 4.00 A.M. and work up to 10.00 P.M.
The examiners are also expected to carry the boxes containing the students’ scripts to and fro one point to another.
The marking of the 2019 Business Paper-II KCSE exam kicked off on Saturday at Machakos Girls High School but the contracted examiners have not touched a single paper citing low payment rates for the whole exercise.
KNEC BUSINESS PAPER II PAYMENT RATES
Tutors now want the payment for the marking exercise increased from Kshs 46 per script to Kshs 68.
KUPPET has also jumped the bandwagon and backed up the idea since examiners are also giving too much.
KUPPET’s Secretary-General Akelo Misori has given the CS Education Professor Magoha 7 days to improve the examiners’ working terms and conditions failure to which the union will call upon the teachers to completely withdraw their services hence paralyzing the marking exercise.
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2019 KCSE EXAMINERS DOWN TOOLS OVER AT MACHAKOS GIRLS
The marking of the 2019 KCSE exams has been temporarily halted at Machakos Girls High School after examiners decided to down their tools following grievances that have not been addressed.
The examiners who were charged with the responsibility of marking this year’s Business Paper-II exam downed their tools due to poor payment rates by KNEC.
This means that the marking of Business paper II is yet to kick off since the examiners have hardly touched a candidates paper.
The examiners reported to the designated KNEC marking centre over the weekend in readiness for this year’s marking exercise.
Attempts by KNEC CEO Dr Mercy Karogo to calm their nerves were met by jeering and a spirited resistance from the angry teachers.
She was extremely humiliated by the angry examiners who booed her off the stage as she tried to address them today.
According to inner sources, KNEC Boss Dr Mercy Karogoheld a crisis meeting on Monday evening with senior examiners in an attempt to avert the crisis.
Could this be a bad omen to the early release of this year’s KCSE results?
FIND OUT WHY KNEC EXAMINERS’ PAY SHOULD NOT BE SUBJECTED TO TAXATION!
The musings of an ‘EXAMINER!’
The KCSE marking is just around the corner. Yeah! We’ve visited the KNEC contracted professionals’ website page and hit the green colour ACCEPT button with glee. Bingo! We’ve downloaded the invitation letters. Yes, we are reporting as from the 28th of November at the various marking centres. Those going marking for the first time are so excited that they are walking around with the invitation letters showing everyone who cares to see. They think they have made it in life! It is a dream come true too for most of us who have never seen the inside of a national school. ( Most of these marking centres are the national schools that we never qualified for) You see; it will be such a pleasure to interact with the dorms and the tuition blocks literary not mentioning the dining halls where our KNEC three-course meals will be savoured! (Read the mashakura culinary experience)
25% of TAXATION
Anyway, before I digress, I want to talk about what made me think of pouring my heart out on this marking thing-the 5% KNEC withholding tax! At first, my feeble mind couldn’t comprehend what these huge terminologies meant. This is when I tried to file my returns sometimes mid this year. The cyber guy masquerading as an economist of Kibaki’s league ‘combed’ me that I had to pay the 25% of the total amount I had earned from marking the previous year-2018. I didn’t believe him that I owed the government a whooping 13,600 in taxes. I couldn’t even eat with the thought of owning the government. Imagine me owning the government from the tearfully-earned cash – marking! (Those who mark can relate and those who don’t please keep your wealthy lanes.) This is money that is earned through real sweat and pain. This is money that is really earned if you know what earning is. I couldn’t trust the cyber guru so I rushed to the KRA offices to confirm. On arrival, the officer in charge at the counter casually confirmed that it was true that I owed the government the said amount.”This is what we mean by WITHHOLDING,” she quipped contemptuously! It was apparent that she was speaking to a Kenyan teacher. She must have read frustration on my face as she tried to comfort me by insisting that I had to pay the amount or else it would accumulate to colossal amounts which would be recovered from my retirement benefits. Yes, retirement! She had assumed that I would live that long when the life expectancy in this middle-class( as the government tumbocrats would want us to believe) economy is 45. She had assumed that ‘things kwa ground are the same’. That my Kcb Mpesa, Mshwari, Tala, Platinum loans ,salary advances, mercury sugar, plastic Chinese fish, eggs, the 35%interest rates on bank loans(read interest capping laws) and above all her lordship at the helm of TSC with her continuous threats over my job were to spare me- to retirement. ( if KNUT can be killed- who am I?)
Anyway, I loved her optimism of me paying the taxes accrued from the torturous marking exercise on retirement! Isn’t this sweet? Honestly, I don’t know. Do you? Teachers in this corner of the universe may not decipher all these. It is a complex web! ( How can such a giant teachers’ trade union be killed?)
THE REAL WORK
(Anyway, forgive my deranged teacher’s mind) Back to marking. Professor Magoha is manning the exams ‘himuselefu’! He together with his fat contingent from Jogoo house is leaving nothing to chance. They must oversee a credible exam. Exams are such important. Aren’t they? The exercise is all-important until the Kenyan teacher surfaces in the picture! As a classroom tutor( read teacher), invigilator, supervisor and even marker! Its importance vanishes in thin air when it comes to their pay and general welfare. The centre managers, for example, wake up as early as 4 am in the name of collecting the exams from them containers. Sadly, the country lost one of the managers on 4th November on a grisly road accident as she travelled in these wee hours to pick up the exams in Naivasha. Is there any compensation for teachers when they die on duty?
Invigilators and supervisors work round the clock to administer these exams. Marking in ungodly hours(read 4 am-11 pm) carrying heavy script boxes, coordination of marking schemes, crosschecking, adjudication of marks among other duties characterise the Kenyan teacher’s overall responsibility during this examination period! But wait…What are we paid for all these? A pittance that is again subjected to 25% taxation rate for anything above 24,000.
I almost forgot. Sorry. we are Kenyan teachers. Our pay comes from God!
We handle the work while they handle the cash. Donge?
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ALSO READ: KNEC’S TOUGH MARKING RULES FOR KCSE EXAMINERS 2019
KNEC’S LATEST TOUGH MARKING RULES FOR KCSE EXAMINERS 2019
The Kenya National Examinations Council has invited over 26, 000 examiners for the 2019 KCSE marking exercise.
The examiners include those who were recently trained and those with long term experience.
The examiners are required to work round the clock to ensure they complete the marking exercise before Christmas.
The examiners should download their leaders from the KNEC CP2 website to confirm their marking centres, payment rates and other logistics.
FOR IMPORTANT KNEC PORTALS CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
For KCPE AND KCSE Registration click here
For Diploma Teacher Registration click here https://registration.knec.ac.ke/online-dte/
For ECDE Registration click here registration.knec.ac.ke/online-ecde/
For BTPE exam Registration click here https://registration.knec.ac.ke/online-btep/
For Teacher Certificate in Adult Education Registration click here https://registration.knec.ac.ke/online-tcae/
For KNEC business exam registration click here https://registration.knec.ac.ke/online-bzns/
TOUGH KNEC MARKING RULES
KNEC KCSE examiners are expected to observe the following rules:
1. Do not carry away candidates’ answered scripts from marking centres.
2. Do not carry marking schemes or marking materials from the examination centres.
3. All marking should be carried out from the designated marking rooms within the marking centre.
4. There should be no phones in the designated marking rooms.
5. Every KNEC examiner is expected to board-live within the designated marking centre.
6. Attend and participate in all coordination meetings.
7. Observe marking discipline and actively participating in any roles assigned to you.
8. Do not carry any dummies and/or question papers from the marking centres.
9. Complete all the claim forms for answer scripts marked and submit them to the Team Leader before leaving the room.
10. Refrain from any activity that may slow down the marking exercise such as indulging in alcohol.
11. Conceal your identity as an examiner to avoid influence from people with personal interests.
12. Avail yourself at the marking rooms as long as the marking is in progress.
13. Maintain confidentiality on assigned tasks.
14. Ensure that you meet the targets set during the marking exercise.
15. Conduct yourself with dignity, decorum and diligence.
NOTE: ANY EXAMINER FOUND CONTRAVENING THESE REGULATIONS WILL BE DISMISSED AND REPORTED TO THE TSC FOR FURTHER DISCIPLINARY ACTION.