KNEC has kicked off the nomination process for Centre Managers, invigilators and Supervisors to be involved in the administration of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
The commission has written to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) asking it to help in identifying teachers to serve in those positions during the administration of this crucial national exercise.
TSC in turn urged the County and Sub-County Directors to identify and nominate the Centre Managers, Supervisors and Invigilators who will be engaged in the administration of this examinations and vet them before deploying them to KNEC systems before February 4, 2022.
Supervisors, centre managers and Invigilators are also required to register in the KNEC Contracted Professional System (CP2) and be deployed by the TSC Sub County Directors to various examination centres.
One of the memos to County Directors dated January 12, 2022 read “ In the process of preparation for the administration of these examinations, the KNEC has requested the Commission to provide the details of all Centre Managers, Supervisors and Invigilators who will be engaged in the activity.”
According to Kenya national examinations database 2,056,719 candidates have registered for these examinations, out of which 1,225,693 will sit for KCPE while 831,026 will be writing their final KCSE exams.
According to KNEC timetable, KCPE examination will kick off on March 7, 2022 and will run until March 9, 2022 while KCSE is expected to start on February 28, 2022 and will end on April 1, 2022.
Last year in November, KNEC Chief Executive (CEO) Dr. David Njengere confirmed that the number of candidates sitting the 2021 KCPE examinations has increased by 34,085 compared to the previous year while the number sitting KCSE had increased by 78,424 candidates.
In the 2020 examinations, which were administered in March 2021, the Council used about 286,000 field officers compared to the 170,000 engaged in the 2019 national exams.
In most cases, the primary school heads who act as the centre managers for KCPE exams, normally pocket a daily subsistence allowance of Shs 500 for a total of 4 days (including rehearsal day).
The Secondary school principals, who act as centre managers for KCSE exams, earn a daily allowance of Shs 500 during the entire examination period. The highest paid supervisor walks away witha sum total of Shs 12,510 while the highest paid invigilator pockets Shs 9, 860.
Deputy head teachers and deputy principals in most cases walk home empty handed and are required to be around to act as Assistant Centre Managers.
Those teachers handling science subjects also walk away empty handed yet they are required to prepare and administer practicals during the KCSE examinations.