KCSE Marking Halted in Some Centres

  • Machakos Girls High School Twitter
  • UPDATE: Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) have met the examiners and come to an agreement. They have suspended the initial plan to kick the examiners out and have instead allowed for dialogue. Markers have resumed their job after their payment rates were increased from KSh 46 per paper to KSh 52 per paper.

    The marking of the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations (KCSE) in some centers has been halted.

    This is after an estimated 700 examiners, who were marking KCSE papers at Machakos High School were ordered to leave, after a two-day protest.

    Reports by the Daily Nation indicated that the examiners, who decried of poor working conditions, were asked to leave the centre at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3.

    Some of the photos that have surfaced online of the teachers sleeping on the floor (Twitter)
    Some of the photos that have surfaced online of the teachers apparently sleeping on the floor at a KCSE marking centre.

    Other sources privy to the matter noted that the examiners wanted to be paid Ksh68 for every paper marked and their fares catered for once asked to leave.

    Further, examiners at the Starehe Girls School are said to have halted the marking of exams on Monday, December 1.

    The center is also said to have been closed and GSU officers deployed in the area.

    This setback could see the release of KCSE results delayed. 

    On Thursday, November 28, Education CS George Magoha stated that the release of the exams could be done before the Christmas holidays.

    “Now that the examinations are complete, we intend to go to the marking process immediately. We have a multi-agency team that will oversee the credibility of the process,” Magoha stated.

    Some of the teachers carry their belongings (Twitter)
    Teachers leave an unidentified examination marking centre following closure over protests.