, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 3 – The Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC) has announced new guidelines to govern the marking of national examinations.
The rules cover the conduct of examiners and includes the banning of electronic gadgets inside the marking centres and restriction on access to the marking centres by unauthorized personnel.
“Examiners are discouraged from carrying personal electronic gadgets, like laptops and tablets to the marking centres. Every person getting into/out of a marking centre shall be subject to security check/frisking at the gate,” the statement stated.
According to KNEC, surveillance has also been stepped up in addition to limiting the marking centres to Nairobi and few other regions like Machakos and Murang’a.
“From last year, the Council has banned use of mobile phones in the marking, script and e-capture rooms. Examiners will be required to put their mobile phones off or in a silent mode and store in one desk, under the supervision of Team Leaders. They will however, use the phones during tea/lunch breaks outside the rooms,” it pointed out.
The regulations further spell out the conduct of all contracted examiners whose contracts with the Council will only be honoured after successful marking and submission of the Chief Examiner’s report.
They point out that all examiners are expected to reside within the marking centres, unless with clearance from KNEC.
“All examiners should report to the marking centres for their subject/paper by 6.00 p.m. on the eve of the marking date shown on the letters of invitation. The Council will not be responsible for any expenses incurred by examiners who report for marking before the official arrival date.”
It stated that examiners should carry their letters of invitation and present them to the Centre Organizers at the time of checking in.
“In this regard, Chief Examiners and Examiners in Charge should not permit any person without the invitation letter to participate in marking without the express authority of the Council Secretary/Chief Executive,” it said.
It further pointed out that payments to Examiners at the marking centre will be made on production of their original National Identity card.
“Examiners must ensure that they bring their identity cards to avoid inconveniences. Should the payments be made through M-pesa or bank account modes, Examiners will be required to furnish the Council with correct personal Mobile Numbers and bank account details.”
KNEC shall only make payments upon receipt of processed claims from the marking centres and that all examiners are requested to cooperate in verifying their personal details on time.