The Teachers Service Commission (TSC) will contract over 250,000 tutors to invigilate this year’s national examinations set for November and December. The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) will for the first time ever administer 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.
Some 1.2 million candidates will sit their KCPE, about 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.
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.
Macharia said that for every 200 candidates, the directors are to deploy one supervisor. TSC said that no supervisor should be deployed for hosted and Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) except for centres with KPSEA candidates only.