An additional of 26,629 teachers will have to be contracted to administer, manage and mark national examinations due to increased candidate numbers.
Some 227,629 teachers will oversee the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) scheduled to start on March 22.
This is an increase from the 201,000 teachers that were engaged during the 2019 national exams.
The announcement was made by Teachers Service Commission (TSC) chief executive Nancy Macharia.
Some 1,191,725 candidates will sit KCPE compared to the 1,088,986 in 2019. Kenya National Examinations Council has registered 752,981 candidates for KCSE compared 699,745 recorded in 2019.
Examination centres have also been increased to 10,437 from 10,287 for for KCSE while for KCPE, they now total 28,467 from the 27,809 in 2019.
Education Cabinet secretary George Magoha yesterday warned against examination malpractises.
“The ministry is aware of plans by some centre managers to retain teachers employed by the Board of Management (BoM) in schools to aid in cheating and this will not be entertained,” he said.