CS Machogu Gives An Update On Payment Of KNEC Examiners. Education cabinet secretary Ezekiel Machogu appeared before the senate committee on education on June 7, 2023. The CS was responding to a number of questions pertaining the education Ministry from legislators.
The meeting convened had a lot of inquiries and issues, mostly affecting the education ministry. Among the issues that raised great debate was the issue of payment of 2022 contracted professionals in administration of the exams.
This major issue was raised by Baringo North Constituency member of parliament Kipkoros Joseph. The MP fiercely inquired on why it has taken ages to pay the KNEC examiners there deserved dues. The exam invigilators did their work perfectly and it’s now more than 6 months yet they have not been paid.
CS Machogu Gives An Update On Payment Of KNEC Examiners
Records indicate that the Kenya National Examinations Council has unpaid debts amounting to 2 billion Kenyan shillings. Machogu emphasized that due to the huge debts, the exam body has been unable to pay and fulfill it’s key obligations.
He said that suppliers, contracted officials and examiners’ payment has been a major challenge that has not addressed yet.
The CS indicated that more funds were required to be provided to KNEC for all operations to run smoothly. He further indicated that it’s members of parliament who can chip in to ensure the examination body gets assistance and is funded well.
However, the meeting didn’t end as per the expectations of the examiners. The CS indicated that at the moment, it wasn’t clear when the invigilators will be paid.
He said the suffering examiners will have to bear with the situation and hope things will turn to normalcy soon . However, he noted that they must be paid after all, but not sure when.
A good number of exam invigilators have been on record saying that if KNEC will not pay them their dues in time, they may not offer their services in future. They threatened to do other issues and boycott the invigilation process incase they are asked to