Over 250,000 teachers have been contracted by the Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC to be in charge of the forthcoming national examinations for the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment, KPSEA, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE.
“A record number of teachers, more than 250,000, are being lined up for Kenya’s most challenging examination season set to start on November 25. Aware of the challenges likely to be faced in the management of three examinations at the end of the year, TSC sent an early directive to field officers to identify and vet teachers of integrity for the exercise, the most extensive since independence,” said TSC, in its quarterly publication dubbed Teachers’ Image.
Data from the examination council show that about 1.2 million candidates will sit their KCPE, some 1.3 million for KPSEA, and another 800,000 will sit their KCSE. Sub-county directors were expected to have nominated and vetted national examination officials by last week
The teachers will be deployed as center managers, supervisors, Invigilators, and examiners. Heads of institutions function as center managers, while the supervisors and invigilators come from other schools. Only teachers working for KNEC will be involved.
The Teacher Service Commission, TSC deployed 242,406 teachers for the delayed 2021 examinations which were administered between March and April this year (2022).
These examinations will also involve the highest number of candidates in the history of the country, totaling over three million. In the 2021 exams, there were 1,214,031 candidates sitting the KCPE, while 826,807 sat the KCSE exams.
The exams come at a time when a new Education Cabinet Secretary has been appointed. Ezekiel Machogu Ombaki, the new Education Ministry Cabinet Secretary, carry on the mantle from where former CS Magoha left.
Grade 6 learners will sit the inaugural Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) ahead of their transition to junior secondary school in January. This is the first cohort under the competency-based curriculum (CBC).
They will have rehearsal on Friday, November 25, and the assessment from Monday, November 28 to Wednesday, November 30. Another exam that shall run at the same time is the 2022 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination for candidates in class 8.
This is the second-last KCPE exam, with the last 8-4-4 cohort set to complete primary school next year; as we usher in the Competency-Based Curriculum, CBC. The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations will begin on Friday, December 2, and run until December 23.