Teachers across the country are left at crossroads whether to train as examiners or not. This comes after the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has announced the plan to train additional examiners next month.
The Kenya National Examination Council usually train examiners every year in various subject papers as per the demands. The trainees are then added to the KNEC examiners portal.
Teachers are however left in the state of dilemma whether to undertake training or not since the current system of education is being phased out.
The new curriculum, Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) relies on a series of internal assessment examinations which are marked at school level by subject teachers and thereafter students’ analysis forwarded to the KNEC portal. This scenario has left teachers worried whether KNEC will need examiners in future.
One of the KNEC requirements for any teacher willing to undertake the training is to pay a training fee of Kshs 10,500.
Regarding this, it is going to be unfortunate for primary school teachers for this fee for training as KCPE examiners and only to serve KNEC for just one year.
The pioneers of the Competency-Based Curriculum are currently in grade five. This means that those willing to train as KCPE examiners have on this and next year to work under KNEC as examiners.
The training above mentioned training is scheduled to be conducted on 3rd October to will take place between 3rd and 9th October 2021 immediately after school closure.
Both primary school and secondary schools are set to close on 2nd October 2021 and resume for the second term on the 10th of the same month meaning teachers who shall go for the training will not have even a day for the holiday.
The KNEC examiners have always worked under pressure to complete the marking exercise within the scheduled time under unfavourable conditions in high school dormitories.