Knec Statement on Halted Marking and Release of KCSE Examinations Results 2023
The marking of the KCSE 2022 national examinations (CRE paper 1) was brought to a standstill on 10th January, 2023 after examiners went on a rampage and staged demos against oppression by the Chief examiner stationed at Mang’u Girls, poor Knec payment rates and deplorable working conditions.
Consequently, Knec has issued an official statement on the marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education in January 2023.
Tuesday January 10, 2023
RE: MARKING OF THE 2023 KENYA CERTIFICATE OF SECONDARY EDUCATION EXAMINATION
The Kenya National Examinations Council Knec wishes to inform the Country that the marking exercise of the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education Examination is going on smoothly in all the 35 centres.
However, on Tuesday January 10, 2023, some examiners at one of the centres where marking of Christian Religious Education paper 1 is currently taking place attempted to disrupt the exercise over claims that they were unhappy with the “strict” marking regime imposed by the centre’s chief examiner.
The Council authorities upon consultations agreed to replace the chief examiner as a compromise to ensure smooth progress of the marking exercise.
Unfortunately, despite responding to their initial demand, a few examiners yet again came up with a fresh call that the marking fee be revised upwards.
Since the issue of the examiners marking fee is an individual contract, and agreed to before reporting to a centre, the council found it impossible to find an extra budget to revise the rates midway.
The council resolved to allow examiners who were willing to continue with the marking process to do so uninterrupted.
Equally, those who wished to exit the marking exercise were allowed to do so without causing further interruptions to the process.
In the meantime, the council has invited trained Examiners from its database to ensure smooth progress of the exercise.
The council wishes to assure the county that the marking exercise is going on well and will be completed in time to ensure a timely release of results.
Prof. Julius Nyabundi,
Kenya National Examinations Council
Knec Payment Rates for KCSE Examiners 2023
Knec pays KCSE examiners a flat rate of Kshs. 150 per day for co-ordination and harmonization of the marking schemes.
This process takes up to four days depending on the complexity of the paper at hand.
Upon completion, Knec further reimburses examiners fare and other travel expenses incurred when travelling to the marking centres.
Knec reimbursement rates for examiners are determined based on the proximity to the marking centres.
Examiners who sojourn and cover long distances for instance those from far flung regions such as Moyale and Lodwar get more than those from Nairobi and its environs where the 35 marking centres are.
The third parameter used to determine the Knec payment rates 2023 is the number of scripts marked by an examiner.
Fast markers usually take the Lion’s Share of Knec payments.
The amount paid per script is multiplied by the number of scripts an examiner marks. For instance the standard Knec payment rates for CRE paper one is Kshs. 55. If an examiner marks 400 scripts. He or she will take home Kshs. 55*400= 22, 000
Unfortunately, Knec remits the payment records to the Government of Kenya such that an examiner who walks away with over Kshs 24,000 must remit 10% of the amount collected.
Examiners who fail to remit this amount cannot get clearance from the Kenya Revenue Authority KRA technically dubbed KRA Tax Compliance Certificate, a mandatory requirement during TSC Promotions interviews.
The Knec payment rates per script for all papers range from Kshs 55 to 77.
The last time Knec revised the payment rates was in 2019 after Physics examiners and those who were marking business studies downed their tools, citing poor payment rates.
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