Teachers who manned last years exams and assessments may stay longer without receiving their dues from the Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec).
Knec has a policy to pay its contracted professionals which include teachers, security personnel and drivers after exam results have been done and results released to the public.
Knec contracts teachers as invigilators, supervisors, centre managers and examiners/markers each year to help in administering national exams.
In the 2022 exams and assessments a total of 28,408 teachers were used as centre managers, 28,727 as supervisors, 74,990 as invigilators and 5,647 as examiners.
Already the KPSEA, KCPE and KCSE results were released. However as teachers are waiting for Knec to effect payment, details have emerged that things are not rosy on government side which is facing financial crunch.
The state of government coffers was revealed by the National Treasury through its CS Professor Njuguna Ndung’u.
The Government is hard pressed to raise funds and meet its financial obligations, with demand for money appearing to have outweighed its expenditure.
The latest indicator is that of a Sh30.2 billion overdraft facility they opted for from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), signalling a dire need for finances.
Professor Ndung’u yesterday confirmed that the government is broke and struggling with limited resources, warning that counties will now be forced to wait for even longer to receive disbursement of shareable revenue.
Sources say that the government has been forced to put on hold several projects and other services due to the cash crunch.
Speaking on the side-lines of a Senate induction workshop in Mombasa, Prof Ndung’u said treasury is currently financially strapped and cannot end the prolonged stalemate with governors that has seen paralysis in most of devolved units.
“We don’t have money, we have shortage of resources, we ask them to wait because we are in a financial hole, that is why we want to tell them to wait as a solution is being found,” said Ndung’u.
The Treasury CS asked government departments including the county governments awaiting allocations to be patient
Though Knec has not issued a statement regarding the issue of paying its contracted professionals inside sources have told teachers to brace for tough times as there s no money currently.
Below are the payment rates for KPSEA, KCPE and KCSE contracted professionals.
KNEC 2022 PAYMENT RATES FOR CONTRACTED PROFESSIONALS
|Contracted Professional||Exam||Region||Pay Per Day||Total Days engaged||Total Pay|
|Centre Manager||KCPE/KPSEA||All Regions||Sh500||4||Sh2,000|
|Centre Manager||KCSE||All Regions||Sh500||18||Sh9,000|
|Invigilators||KCSE||Nairobi & Mombasa||Sh580||17||Sh9,860|
|Supervisors||KCSE||Nairobi & Mombasa||Sh695||18||Sh12,510|
|Security Officers||KCSE||All Regions||Sh420||16||Sh6,720|