Secondary school teachers have vowed to boycott the marking of national examination papers citing neglect by the government on their needs.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Secretary-General Akelo Misori alleged that the government is reluctant to expand exam centers to attain the social distancing requirement in a bid to protect the examiners from Covid-19.
"We had expected the government to have already made provisions that exam centers be expanded due to Covid-19 protocols. The current regime is that there's a lot of congestion among the teachers," he stated.Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akelo Misori speaks to the media in Nairobi on January 15, 2020.Daily Nation
He affirmed that teachers would not be put at risk if the government fails to intervene in their situation.
Further, Misori appealed to Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to help speed up the release of capitation funds to enable schools to efficiently manage the national exams.
Misori's remarks were echoed by headteachers who decried the situation citing that it would be difficult to administer the national examinations due to financial constraints.
Recently, Teachers Service Commission (TSC) CEO Nancy Macharia had urged teachers to take up the Covid-19 jab in order for them to carry out their work diligently.
"Please take advantage of this vaccine which is being given to you as frontline workers," Macharia stated while overseeing the opening of the KCPE exam containers in Kisumu County.
The KCPE examinations commenced on Monday, March 22 and will end on Wednesday, March 24 while KCSE examinations are slated to begin on Friday, March 26, and end on Wednesday, April 21.
The news comes as the Ministry of Health had raised concerns about the surge in cases leading to the highest positivity rate recorded in a single day which stands at 22%.
Health CS Mutahi Kagwe urged Kenyans to be vigilant as the country enters a pivotal stage in the fight against the third wave of the pandemic.
The country has currently recorded 122,040 positive cases since the onset of the pandemic in March 2020 with deaths accumulating to 2,023.Health CS Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on October 2020.File
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