After waiting for seven months for Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) examiners, hired staff and suppliers to get paid for work done, the government has now initiated the process of settling the debt.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu has said the council’s cash shortage had forced it to keep the outstanding bill on file for more than seven months after the procedure was finished, which had caused the delay.
Machogu explained that the council had begun paying the Sh2.5 billion in debts owed by teachers who participated in national examinations and contractors who built Competence Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms.
“Since last week, about 1,950 contractors who built the CBC classes across the nation have been compensated. You can go see the County Director of Education to get paid if you haven’t received your dues.” Machogu said.
He vowed to make sure examiners are paid on schedule in order to prevent further delays.
Without a clear indication of when the dues would be paid out, payment of the professors who oversaw, invigilated, and marked the 2022 national examinations had been waiting.
Earlier in the year, Nominated Senator Esther Okenyuri defended the teachers who hadn’t been paid, demanding an explanation for the delay in the government’s disbursement of the monies.
The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) engaged 74,990 invigilators, 5,647 examiners, 28,408 teachers as centre managers, 28,727 teachers as supervisors, and 5,647 more as teachers.
Invigilators make Sh1,615 per day while KCSE supervisors earn Sh2,485. Drivers make Sh1,040, while security officers receive Sh1,050.
The 28,408 hired KCSE centre managers will receive Sh2,000 each day for 18 days, totaling to Sh36,000.