Primary school teachers will no longer invigilate the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education examination (KCSE).
The Teacher Service Commission (TSC) issued a circular directing that only secondary school teachers to exclusively oversee and invigilate the 2023 KCSE exams.
TSC boss Nancy Macharia said the directive aligns with the regulations set forth by the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC).
She announced a total of 101,376 secondary school teachers have been recruited to oversee the examination in all the examination centres countrywide.
Over 900,000 Form Four students are sitting for this year’s KCSE examination.
“The teachers assigned to administer the examinations have undergone a thorough vetting process conducted by TSC,” Macharia said.
“Only secondary school teachers are eligible to serve as invigilators, supervisors, and centre managers for KCSE. This is in line with the KNEC regulations.”
She said the primary school teachers were responsible for last week’s Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA) and Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination.
Macharia was speaking in Mombasa after supervising the KCSE examination papers distribution exercise.
She said at the coast region, the examinations commenced smoothly in all six counties, despite the heavy rains experienced in the last week.
She expressed confidence in the preparations and arrangements made to ensure the successful nationwide distribution of the exams.
She said a collaborative multi-agency team is diligently working across the country to ensure a seamless examination period, even in areas that may pose logistical challenges.
“The government has choppers on standby to airlift exams in cases where access to remote areas is difficult,” she said.
She said so far there are no reported challenges.