2019 KCSE examiners down tools over low pay

Knec examiners during a past KCSE marking exercise.
Knec examiners during a past KCSE marking exercise.

The marking exercise for this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, has been thrown into jeopardy after examiners for one of the papers downed tools. The examiners for Businness Studies Paper 2 is yet to kick off at Machakos girls after examiners downed their tools citing poor pay. They have hardly touched any paper despite the fact they reported to the Centre over the weekend.

Attempts by the Kenya National Examinations Council boss Dr. Mercy Karogo to calm the situation were met by spirited resistance from the examiners. The angry examiners booed her off the stage when she tried to address them today.

The KNEC boss was reportedly holed up in tensed meeting on Monday evening with senior examiners and her junior Secretariat staff (at the marking centre) in a bid to avert the crisis. This standoff is threatening to delay the release of this year’s KCSE results.

More details to follow…….