Knec Examiners Payment 2021 Finally Released; Shock as Knec Pays 2021 KCSE Examiners a Pittance, Kshs 10,000 Only. This is How Knec Arrived at the Meagre Pay
For the last two weeks, social media circles have been ablaze with unsubstantiated news purporting that the Kenya National Examinations Council, Knec has finally released the anxiously waited for 2021 KCSE Examiners’ pay.
Today the Kenya National Examinations Council, Knec has however left the contracted professionals mute. Speechless. This is after the Council for the first time in history decided to release Examiners’ dues in bits.
According to the latest details at our disposal, Knec has only paid a flat rate usually paid as an advance amounting to Kshs 10,000 to each contracted 2021 KCSE examiner.
This amount is usually paid when the Examiners are clearing from the various designated marking centres upon completion of the national marking exercise.
This year however, things took a different turn after Knec underestimated the budget for the 2020 KCSE Examinations hence running short of money to advance the Examiners in May 2021.
From the look of things, Knec has just released the down payment for the KCSE 2020/2021 examiners.
Now all eyes are trained on the Council to see whether it will release the remaining amount of the 2020/2021 KCSE Examiners dues soon.
Here are the latest Knec Payment Rates for KCSE Examiners- Markers
Current and Newly Proposed KCPE and KCSE Knec Payment Rates for Knec contracted Professionals and Examiners 2021
The Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers, Kuppet, proposes the following Knec payment rates for both KCSE and KCPE Examiners contracted by the council for the 2021 marking exercise; compare the current Knec payment rates with what Kuppet is demanding for this year. Worth noting is the fact that despite teachers downing their tools in 2019 and Kuppet demanding for a flat rate of Kshs 100 per script for all papers, Knec gave teachers a pittance-Kshs 2 Increment per script. Will Kuppet’s proposal and tough talk have any impact?
KUPPET argues that Chemistry Paper 1, Mathematics and English Paper 1 should each be paid at not less than sh 100.
Presently, marking each paper attracts between Sh51 to Sh58.
Allowances for Teachers handling Knec KCSE practicals
“Science teachers (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) need to be considered for allowances during practical. Other practical subjects like Agriculture, Building & Construction, Music and Home Sciences should be considered too,” notes Kuppet.
Knec Pay rise for Invigilators, Supervisors and centre managers 2021
The teachers’ union also wants Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) to increase invigilators’ and supervisors’ allowances by 100 per cent, saying the present fee has been fixed for a long time.
The union also wants school heads, also known as centre managers allowance, which is presently Sh500, to be reviewed upwards.
Presently, primary school head teachers are paid a flat rate of Sh500 for the three days they oversee the administration of KCPE.
KCPE supervisors earn Sh2,485 while invigilators take home Sh1,615. Security officers are paid 1,050 while drivers earn Sh1,040.
KCSE supervisors in Nairobi and Mombasa are paid Sh695 per day for 18 days, translating to Sh12,510.
Supervisors from other regions earn Sh630 for the same number of days, translating to Sh11,340.
Invigilators in Nairobi and Mombasa earn Sh580 per day for 17 days, while invigilators from other regions get Sh460 for a similar number of days.
Secondary school principals take home a flat rate of Sh500 for 18 days, translating to Sh9,000.
Security officers who take part in KCSE’s administration earn a flat rate of Sh420 for 16 days while drivers earn Sh6,480 for the same number of days.
The union also wants transport reimbursement for supervisors and invigilators from ASAL areas to be reviewed upwards since most of the areas are expansive, forcing some to travel up to 200 km to reach their schools.
“The rates for counties such as Wajir and Tana River should be enhanced,” said Misori.
In a firm statement, Kuppet also wants coordination allowances increased by half. “Examiners’ transport allowances should be reviewed, especially when reporting to marking centres,” said Misori.
Union also wants lecturers in Teachers Training Colleges (TTCs) who assess and submit marks to KNEC to be paid for their work.
“The same should apply to TVET trainers who assess candidates on practical courses.”
Knec Marking Centres 2021
On the overall conditions of teachers working conditions, Kuppet wants marking centres should be devolved and probably rotated around the country unlike now when they are only in Nairobi.
Proposed Knec working hours for Examiners 2021
Union also wants the working hours during marking be fixed between 8.00 am to 5.00 pm to avoid fatigue.
Certificate of Participation for Knec Examiners 2021
And after the examination administration processes, Kuppet wants the teachers awarded certificates.
“Examiners should be given Certificates of Attendance to help improve their CVs for interviews during promotions,” said Misori.
Kuppet last year demanded that the venue for marking all KCSE examination papers and KCPE English composition, as well as Kiswahili insha, be moved to university campuses or other high-level government institutions.