Latest knec news; Principal dies as 2019 KCSE exams gets underway

Lorry hit by vehicle in which the Principals were travelling. Photo/ Courtesy
Lorry hit by vehicle in which the Principals were travelling. Photo/ Courtesy

The administration of this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education, KCSE, exams started off on a sad note after one of the principals perished in a fatal accident. The Principal of Rev. Jeremiah Gitau Secondary School in Naivasha (a private school in Maai Mahiu) succumbed to injuries sustained after her vehicle was involved in an accident on Monday morning. Two other Principals travelling in the same vehicle also sustained injuries in the accident that occured at about 5am. These two are principals at Kiambogo Secondary School and Mustard Seed Secondary School.

The accident occurred after the car in which the principals were travelling rammed into a stationary vehicle. Rev. Jeremiah Gitau Secondary School principal died on the spot while here two others were taken to Kijabe Mission Hospital for medication; according to reports. Senior Education officers visited the affected schools to ensure that the exams proceeded smoothly.

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Centre Managers

The three Principals, appointed as Centre Managers in this year’s KCSE exams, were en-route to pick KCSE examination papers at the Naivasha Sub-County offices when their driver hit a trailer that had broken down near Jikaze IDP camp, several kilometres to Maai Mahiu town. Secondary schools Principals; the Centre Managers, are expected to earn a daily allowance of Sh500 for 18 days.

The highest paid Supervisor will walk away with a sum total of Sh12,510 while the highest paid invigilator will pocket Sh9860. The National exams will be administered and managed by 179,149 teachers in the capacities of centre managers, supervisors, invigilators and markers. Of this, 70,790 personnel will be used during the field administration of the KCSE examinations.

The table below summarizes the expected pay for the 2019 Contracted Professionals:

Contracted Profesional Exam Region Pay Per Day Total Days engaged Total Pay
Centre Manager KCPE All Regions Sh500 4 Sh2,000
Centre Manager KCSE All Regions Sh500 18 Sh9,000
Invigilators KCPE All Regions Sh538 3 Sh1,615
Invigilators KCSE Nairobi & Mombasa Sh580 17 Sh9,860
Invigilators KCSE Other Regions Sh460 17 Sh7,820
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Supervisors KCPE All Regions Sh621 4 Sh2,485
Supervisors KCSE Nairobi & Mombasa Sh695 18 Sh12,510
Supervisors KCSE Other Regions Sh630 18 Sh11,340
Security Officers KCSE All Regions Sh420 16 Sh6,720
Drivers KCSE All Regions Sh405 16 Sh6,480

  A number of top government officers inspected day one of the 2019 KCSE exams countrywide. The candidates were expected to sit for their English paper one tests in the morning session, before taking English paper two exams in the mid morning.

In other exams related news, making the headlines today:

  • TSC boss Macharia says 56 teachers face disciplinary action over mishaps in the just concluded Kenya Certificate of Primary Education, KCPE, exams.
  • Education CS Prof George Magoha has today camped in examinations malpractices hotspot counties in Nyanza. Addressing the media, he said parents are reportedly paying up to Sh120,000 to facilitate exam cheating; warns of dire consequences.

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