KCSE BREAKING NEWS: MARKING OF THE 2019 PHYSICS PAPER THREE KCSE EXAM IS ON, HERE ARE THE DETAILS
The Physics Paper Three examiners who had downed their tools on Wednesday afternoon due to low KNEC payment rates are back on track.
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The 2019 KCSE contracted professionals who are currently stationed at Upper Hill Secondary School finally agreed to start the marking of the 2019 Physics Paper Three KCSE exam after KNEC CEO Dr Mercy Karogo and KNEC Chair Dr John Onsati intervened.
“PACK AND LEAVE”
KNEC officials had initially ordered the examiners to vacate the premises after they refused to continue with the marking exercise.
Ready to leave, the Physics Paper Three examiners had started packing their belongings, when KNEC’s top brass Dr Mercy Karogo and Dr Onsati arrived and saved the day.
2019 PHYSICS PAPER THREE EXAMINERS’ DEMANDS
Here are some of the grievances aired by the 2019 KCSE Physics Paper III examiners:
-The examiners are demanding for a basic pay of Kshs 10, 000 and a coordination fee of Kshs 500 up from the current Kshs 150 per day.
– The examiners also want the Examination Council to improve its payment rates from Kshs 50 to Kshs 80 per script. The council had on Wednesday revised its rate up from Kshs 46 to Kshs 50 per script.
– They are also demanding for the exit of the current Physics Paper III Chief Examiner-Moses Muchanchwa who is allegedly mistreating the examiners. The embattled chief examiner has already retired from the Teaching Service Commission.
-The teachers also want to be allowed to enter the marking rooms with their mobile phones.
-They are also demanding an off on Saturday and Sunday.
-The KNEC contracted professionals also want teachers who administered Practical exams be paid just like other KNEC contracted professionals.
-The examiners also want the council to give breastfeeding mothers time off to tend to their babies.
Meanwhile, the Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers has warned KNEC against attempts to victimize the examiners involved in demanding better payment rates.
Besides, KUPPET Secretary-General has given the Ministry of Education a 7-day notice to improve the working conditions and payment rates to a flat rate of Kshs 100 per script. Failure to do so will result in industrial action.
The union has also noted that Machakos Girls High School and Starehe Girls Centre are not well equipped to host high numbers of examiners hence resulting in deplorable working conditions that lower the teachers’ dignity.
Here are some of the photos from some of the KNEC marking centres: