The Kenya National Examination Council (Knec) has released invitation letters to teachers who applied for marking of 2022 KCPE and KCSE exams.
The invitation letters started trickling in this week after KCPE and KPSEA exams were done ended on 30th November 2022.
Knec had invited KCPE and KCSE examiners to apply online for this years marking from 25th November, 2022 and 5th December, 2022 respectively.
The examiners were required to use the link: https://examinersapp.knec.ac.ke to login using their username and password for registration.
“Upon successful login, complete their personal information and save. Using the dashboard provided, access, download, print and read the invitation letters and the Marking Instructions,” read the invitation circular from Knec.
For KCPE the examiners will mark the English Composition and Kiswahili Insha papers. In the last KCPE the marking of the papers took two weeks.
However there will be no manual marking for Grade 6 KPSEA exams. This is because there were no essay writings like Composition and Insha.
Insha and Composition papers contribute forty per cent in the final Kiswahili and English papers respectively.
Around 1,268,830 Grade 6 learners sat for KPSEA exams while 1,230,000 candidates did KCPE exams and Form 4 for KCSE were about 880,000.
KPSEA candidates did five multiple choice exam papers just like the KCPE candidates. They did Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Integrated Science and Creative Arts and Social Studies.
KCPE candidates did Mathematics, English, Kiswahili, Science and Social Sudies.
The marking of multiple-choice questions will be done by the modern Optical Mark Recognition (OMR) which electronically scores the papers. The OMR captures marked data from candidates’ answer sheets using specialised scanning.
The machines work with a dedicated scanning device that shines a beam of light on the paper. The contrasting reflection at predetermined positions on a page is used to detect marked areas as they reflect less light than the blank areas of the paper.
With the new machines, scripts are marked in batches of 100 and 200 sheets, unlike the previous technology, which took hours.
During the marking of last years exams there was a standoff between teachers and Knec over pay.
Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) wanted the exam agency to raise marking fees for each script by at least Sh50, citing harsh economic times.
Kuppet argued that papers like Chemistry Paper 1, Mathematics and English Paper 1 should each be paid at not less than sh100. Presently marking each paper attracts between Sh51 to Sh58.
“Science teachers (Biology, Chemistry and Physics) need to be considered for allowances during practical. Other practical subjects like Agriculture, Building & Construction, Music and Home Sciences should be considered too,” said Kuppet secretary general Akello Misori.
On the overall conditions of teachers working conditions, Kuppet wanted marking centres to be devolved and probably rotated around the country unlike now when they are only in Nairobi.
The union wanted the working hours during marking be fixed between 8.00 am to 5.00 pm to avoid fatigue.
And after the examination administration processes, Kuppet wanted the teachers awarded certificates.
“Examiners should be given Certificates of Attendance to help improve their CVs for interviews during promotions,” said Misori.