Examiners will be paid, according to Kenya National Examinations Council Chief Executive Officer David Njengere, whenever the council obtains funds.
When he appeared before the Public Investments Committee on Education and Governance, Njengere spoke.
“We administer exams then pay in advance, and the balance is paid later. As soon as we get the supplementary budget from the Treasury we will pay the examiners,” he said.
The CEO decried the funding deficit for the council which he said has crippled activities like examiners‘ payments.
“We would have already paid the examiners for the work they did, we just don’t have money,” Njengere said.
The committee chair Wanami Wamboka said the team seeks to ensure the council is well-funded.
“It’s in our best interest to ensure that KNEC is well funded and remains afloat,” Wamboka said.
The secondary school teachers union gave KNEC two weeks to pay examiners who participated in the 2022 KCSE marking .
Kuppet chair Omboko Milemba stated in a statement that the council has delayed payment for two months.
“More than 50,000 examiners who marked the papers have not been paid their wages. This is despite the huge sacrifices the examiners made, “Milemba said.
The union chair further chastised the council for subjecting the examiners to poor working conditions during the marking process.
CRE Paper 1 examiners downed tools in December, blaming bad circumstances and low rates.