, MOMBASA, Kenya, August 11 – The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has urged the government to offer a reasonable pay rise to teachers during the signing of a Collective Bargaining Agreement due to take place in October.
KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion says the union will not take part in the talks if the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) delayed the deal or tried to impose a bad deal on teachers.
While welcoming new guidelines that leave head teachers in charge of examination papers, Sossion stated that KNUT was opposed to them collecting them from the Kenya National examination Council (KNEC).
“You have failed to deal with the security apparatus and you cannot transfer the burden to the head teacher. The Kenya National Examinations Councils Act has not been amended and so no head teacher will leave their work station to go and collect examinations papers,” he stated. “That is the law and for that to happen, the Act must be amended.”
Speaking at the ongoing 12th Kenya Primary School Heads Association (KEPSHA) Conference in Mombasa , Sossion said they would not allow KNEC to burden head teachers.
He said it is the mandate of security apparatus to collect examination materials from exam centers to schools.
KEPSHA National Chairman Shem Ndolo stated that schools heads must be held accountable for any examinations malpractices during the exam period.
Ndolo said they would engage school heads on the new guidelines aimed at curbing exams irregularities.
The new policies place greater responsibility on head teachers among other sweeping reforms introduced to restore credibility in the administration of national examinations.
Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has stated that all school heads will be in charge of their examination centres and shall be held personally responsible for the cheating cases reported in their institutions.
Last year a total of 5,101 of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exam candidates did not get the results because they cheated.