Gov’t Demanded by Clergy to Pay Teachers for 2022 Exams Administration
Gov’t Demanded by Clergy to Pay Teachers for 2022 Exams Administration. The government has been urged by a section of the clergy to guarantee prompt payment to the instructors who handled the administration of the national exams last year. In reaction, teachers have threatened possible boycotts of the marking and administration of this year’s exams.
Along with other members of the clergy, Neophitus Kong’ai, the Bishop of the Orthodox Church in Eldoret, Nandi County, and the northern Kenya Diocese, expressed their worry regarding the teachers’ back pay.
Speaking at Holy Resurrection Church at the Orthodox Church’s new year celebration, Kongai stressed the importance of the government allocating enough budgetary funds to give exams first priority and avert unneeded difficulties.
Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Chairman Patrick Munuhe disclosed that it took the government a full year to pay instructors who oversaw the KCPE, KCSE, and KPSEA exams the previous year. Munuhe further mentioned that payments were severely delayed in spite of numerous correspondence being sent to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).
Munuhe further emphasised that teachers would only consent to act as invigilators for the next national exams if they were given clear instructions on payment.
He stated that KNEC had been given a two-week deadline to pay the arrears, and he warned that if this deadline was not met, teachers would be ready to take action, including maybe refusing to supervise the 2023 national exams.
If the payments are not settled right away, KNUT has even threatened to send examiners to seize the KNEC headquarters.