The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has announced vacancies for teachers and has given them two days to apply for the 280,000 positions through its online portal.
KNEC said that the teachers have until Thursday, February 25 2021 to make submissions and that shortlisted teachers would be posted to sub-counties under the guidance of Directors of Education and the Teachers Service Commission (TSC).
The teachers will be deployed to schools as center managers, supervisors, invigilators, examiners, markers, and security personnel to assist with the administration of KCPE and KCSE exams.
Over two million candidates registered for the national exams combined for both primary and secondary schools. The council attributed the vacancies to the increase in the number of candidates who will be sitting exams in March 2021.
KCPE exams will start on Monday, March 22, 2021, and end on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Rehearsals for KCSE candidates will be conducted on March 25 with the written exams expected to start on March 26 up to Wednesday, April 21.
In 2019, KNEC deployed 264,446 professionals to schools. The agency thus increased the available vacancies by 15,000 in 2021 as it looks forward to conducting tests under strict Covid-19 rules and other measures set to curb cheating.
“An estimated 286,000 field officers will be engaged on an agency basis to facilitate the conduct of exams in the field. The field officers contracted for the administration of exams will be expected to register online using the contracted professional CP2 system,” KNEC reiterated.
KNEC expected to issue guidance to school heads on how to conduct practical exams under Covid-19 rules.
Headteachers have raised concerns stating that schools were not yet prepared for the national exams as most, if not all, lacked funds to upgrade laboratories and purchase the required specimens.
The headteachers said that they had not yet received the 25 percent capitation balance as promised by the government.
“Schools may not be able to get the KNEC’s specimen once they send us the list,” Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (KESSHA) National Chairman Kahi Indimuli said.
When schools were reopening in January, President Uhuru Kenyatta said that Ksh4 Billion meant for a primary school and secondary schools’ Ksh14.6 Billion had been released.