More than 250,000 teachers have been contracted by the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) to invigilate this year’s three set of national examinations slated for November and December.
This is the first time Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) is administering three national exams—Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) to over 3 million learners, the largest number ever.
“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 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.
In a bid to ensure that exam is done in a seamless manner, TSC Secretary, Nancy Macharia urged the directors to identify centre managers, supervisors and invigilators who will be engaged in administration of the national exams and deploy them into the system.
“In preparation for the administration of the examination and assessment, KNECC would wish to have the details of the center managers, supervisors and invigilators who will be engaged in the activity,” said Macharia in a circular last month.
Guidelines from KNEC dictate that for every 200 candidates, the directors are to deploy one supervisor.
The examination body further stated that no supervisor should be deployed for hosted and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) save for centres with KPSEA candidates only.