The Kenya National Examinations Council, KNEC, has issued a statement concerning the 2020 training of examiners. This follows reports that the Council had made an advertisement for teachers willing to train to apply online.
Every year Knec has been carrying out training for examiners annually or from time to time as need arises. The training of new examiners is informed by: increased candidature, need to replace exited examiners and whenever new exam papers are introduced.
The Council usually trains examiners in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE), Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), Primary Teacher Education (PTE) and Early Childhood Development Education, ECDE; among other examinations.
But, Knec says it is yet to advertise for any 2020 training vacancies. The Council’s response follows numerous inquiries from teachers and other stake holders.
“KNEC has received several inquiries from headteachers, teachers/tutors in relation to the training of KCPE, KCSE, PTE, ECDE and DTE examiners. We wish to inform all headteachers and teachers that KNEC has not advertised for training of examiners in the year 2020.” Says the Council via a press statement.
There have been misleading reports online insinuating that the council had told interested teachers to apply so as to be trained.
All indications are that the Council may not advertise for any training vacancies, this year. This is largely due to the current covid 19 pandemic and the crunch school academic calendar that may leave Knec with no option than to push the training to next year.
KNEC will now have to use examiners in its database during the 2020 KCSE marking exercise that is slated for April 4 to 22, 2021.