, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 28 – The new Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya National Examinations Council will be announced on Wednesday, according to Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi.
Kaimenyi made the announcement on Tuesday when he appeared before the National Assembly Committee on Education, where he downplayed concerns of a power vacuum in the council.
KNEC Senior Deputy Secretary – Test Development, Joseph Kivilu, is acting chief executive.
“Where people are in acting capacity, they must be able to deliver. I am not saying that is the best scenario… obviously it is not. And to give them good news by the end of this week – to be precise tomorrow – we shall have a substantive CEO of KNEC,” he said.
MPs had questioned the government’s continued delay in appointing a CEO at the Kenya National Examination Council, after the tenure of the Paul Wasanga expired on July 1.
They are wondering why Kaimenyi has not made the appointment yet he has already received a list of those selected for the position.
The KNEC Board chaired by Kabiru Kinyanjui has already presented three names to Kaimenyi for appointment.
The role of the KNEC chief executive includes implementation of the exams body’s decisions, management of examinations and providing leadership according to requirements of the KNEC Act 2012.
The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) and Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) have also voiced the concerns on the appointment delay saying it could affect administration of national exams.