LATEST KNEC NEWS 2021: KCSE Examiners 2021 want Knec marking centers decentralized, payment rates harmonized; see the full list of demands that the Examiners want KUPPET and KNEC to address before turning up for the KCSE 2021 marking exercise
KNEC bans vulnerable KCPE and KCSE 2021 examiners from accepting the online Knec Examiners Invitation after accessing the Knec website: Knec examiners 2021
The Kenya National Examinations Council has banned some examiners from accepting the 2021 online invitation for marking offer.
This move follows the spread of the novel coronavirus which has unleashed hell on Earth.
The examiners include breastfeeding or pregnant female teachers whose immunity is already compromised.
Knec Examiners aged 58 and above however have an option of either accepting the offer or not.
The latest news reaching us indicates that the so-called low-risk KCSE Knec examiners are paranoid of the third wave of the coronavirus.
Fearing for their lives, they are not sure whether they will turn up for the 2021 marking exercise or not.
Knec centralizes 2020 KCSE marking centers in 2021 despite the rising cases of covid-19; To check out the list of KCSE 2021 Knec marking centers, click on the link below
This is because KNEC has centralized KCPE and KCSE marking centers in Nairobi, a hotspot for the novel coronavirus. This is obviously going to pose a great danger to the examiners bearing in mind that teachers are traveling from all over the country.
Besides, the working conditions in most centers are pathetic and deplorable. Teachers are dehumanized, being forced to share facilities including washrooms.
Besides, some papers pull huge crowds for instance English, Mathematics, Kiswahili, and Chemistry since they are core subjects.
The examiners are therefore demanding that KUPPET SHOULD ACT NOW
List of issues that the KCSE Knec Contracted Examiners want KUPPET to address before turning up for the marking exercise in April
Here is the list of issues that the KCSE examiners 2021 want KUPPET to address:
KCSE 2021 Knec contracted examiners list of demands:
1) The marking centers to be decentralized, away from the city where the prevalence rate is high to other areas where it is low.
2) centers should not hold more than 400 examiners to ensure social distance in hostels and eateries.
To actualize this; mathematics, English, KiSwahili, and Business Studies papers can be split and marked in neighboring schools to ensure collaboration and easier coordination.
4) *Taxation barred teachers from applying for the 2021 TSC promotions* because of arrears.
They, therefore, demand knec to increase the rate meant to cushion examiners from Taxation. An increase of 130% will cover taxes. Alternatively, bargain with kra to lower tax rate to 5% just like SMEs tax gain. Since these wages are not part of the salary.
5) Risk allowance for all KCSE Knec Examiners of Kshs 20, 000 just like nurses and other medics who carry out the national duty of fighting pandemics.
6) Every Examiner to be provided with Sanitizers since those papers will be handled by several people; markers, 2 crosscheckers, TL, ACE, CE. Data capture etc.
7) KNEC to sign contractual agreement to compensate for teachers who die in the line of duty or those who may get hospitalized due to covid 19 contracted during marking period.
8) Transport allowance should be enhanced to factor in prevailing circumstances. The transport sector has increased fares due to increase in petrol and reduction in passengers per vehicle.
9) Marking belts to be reduced to 4 examiners to enhance social distance.
10) Marking time to be reduced from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm. to reduce interaction time.
11. The examiners also demand *HARMONISATION* of the rates per paper because all examiners work in similar conditions
12. They also demand free face masks, gloves which should be changed after every session of 2 hours.