Union threatens to sabotage KCSE marking over deplorable conditions

KUPPET officials during a press conference in Nairobi: photo by Christopher Nyamuta

The Kenya union of Post Primary Teachers has condemned the Kenya National Examination Council over the manner in which it is treating teachers marking the KCSE examination claiming that they are being forced to sleep on the floor.

In a press briefing in Nairobi, the secretary general Akelo Misori said that the union is outraged over the conditions the teachers are living in during the marking exercise which they termed as repugnant.

“Due to lack of beds several examiners have been forced to sleep on the floor-as you see from the photos provided. Many have been forced to share beds.”Misori said

Pictures that have been going round on social media depicted examiners sleeping on the floor in centres where marking of KCSE is ongoing.

Centers adversely affected are Machakos girls and Starehe girl’s high school.

Misori also gave the education cabinet secretary seven days ultimatum to increase payment of examiners from shillings ranging from sh. 48 and sh. 69 per script to sh. 100.

“We are giving the cabinet secretary, Prof George Magoha a seven day notice to improve the working environment for the examiners failure to which we will ask teachers to withdraw their services.”Misori said

He said that on Tuesday morning there was a go slow by examiners who complained that payment of business paper one and two per script stood at sh. 48 while other papers’ payment stand at 68 shillings per script.

The union urged the CS and KNEC to rescind such decision or else they would call on the examiners to withdraw their services.