KNEC sounds alarm on exams over strike

September 5, 2012 1:09 pm


“The timing of the strike is a challenge because this is the final term of the year” – Wasanga/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 5 – The Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has warned that the ongoing teachers’ strike will have a negative impact on the examination calendar unless resolved at once.

Speaking to Capital FM News, Chief Executive Officer Paul Wasanga stated that exams and the subsequent form one selection process may be affected if the mass action persists and this may in turn impact on the country’s education sector.

He however expressed optimism that an agreement will be reached before the examinations commence.

“I think there is still a bit of time to resolve the issue and my feeling is that there is going to be some return to work agreement.

Obviously pushing examinations forward is a very challenging thing because a lot of other things get affected,” he said.

“There is form one selection which takes place immediately and the examination calendar is normally very tight such that if something like that happens, it is going to affect the entire education sector negatively.”

He further dispelled fears that the candidates may be affected stating that the syllabus should have been covered by the beginning of third term.

“The timing of the strike is a challenge because this is the final term of the year and obviously when the teachers are not in the classroom, then even guiding the candidate and revising is bound to be affected,” he said.

“I would like to appeal to the teachers to get back to the class and maybe negotiate when they are there if that is possible,” he stated.

There has been concerns over the negative impact the ongoing teachers strike is having especially on candidates sitting standard eight and form four examinations scheduled to start next month.

Affected students expressed fears that they may not be ready for the all-important examinations.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) chairman Wilson Sossion insisted that the teachers were simply out to fight for their rights.

Sossion said that they have written to the minister seeking that he withdraws his remarks that teachers strike was politically motivated, within two days.


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