The Kenya Union of post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) officials in Western Kenya are threatening to withdraw from the marking of national examinations this year, following delays in their payment.
The teachers are yet to receive their dues after marking the previous Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams four months ago.
“We are demanding that the Cabinet Secretary should use all these ways to ensure that our teachers are paid and paid immediately. fail at which we are asking our teachers to prepare to ensure that next time there will be no marking of examination,” said the officials.
The officials hinted of a conspiracy in the Kenya national examination council (KNEC), calling the Education Cabinet Secretary Professor George magoha to resolve the issue as many teachers are unable to meet their daily needs due to non-payment.
The primary school heads who acted as Centre Managers for KCPE exams are expecting to get their daily subsistence allowance of Sh500, for a total of 4 days which include rehearsal day.
KNEC however failed to consider the payment for Deputy Head Teachers and Deputy Principals who were present throughout the examination period as assistant Centre Managers.
Teachers who handled science subjects, prepared and administered practicals during the KCSE examinations will however also not receive a penny.
The marking exercises for the Kenya Certificate Of Secondary Education has been termed by examiners as the worst experience due to pressure from the ministry of education that saw the marking exercise complete in about ten days.
KUPPET also complain about the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) discrimination in matters of maternity and paternity leave.
They further demanded that the Ministry of Education doubles funding for free tuition in secondary schools from 22,000 to 32,000 shillings per student due to the difficult economic situation.