Keep off schools when exam be­gins, Sos­sion tells teach­ers

Knut sec­re­tary gen­eral says there has al­ways been a con­tra­dic­tion on where teach­ers not di­rectly in­volved in su­per­vis­ing ex­ams should be dur­ing the pe­riod

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Kenya Na­tional Union of Teach­ers sec­re­tary gen­eral Wil­son Sos­sion has urged teach­ers to keep off schools dur­ing na­tional ex­am­i­na­tions.

He said schools should only be left to those work­ing un­der the Kenya Na­tional Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil to over­see the ex­ams.

Sos­sion said there has al­ways been a con­tra­dic­tion on where teach­ers not di­rectly in­volved in su­per­vi­sion should be dur­ing the exam pe­riod.

He said teach­ers as­signed var­i­ous du­ties by school heads should re­main in school dur­ing the ex­ams.

“Our mem­bers who will not be con­tracted by Knec should re­main at home dur­ing the ex­ams if they are not as­signed other du­ties,” Sos­sion said.

HEADS CAN’T PRO­VIDE SE­CU­RITY

Sos­sion said head teach­ers can­not pro­vide se­cu­rity when exam pa­pers are be­ing fer­ried to their re­spec­tive ex­am­i­na­tion sta­tions.

He said the Ed­u­ca­tion min­istry vi­o­lates teach­ers’ rights by re­quir­ing them to pro­vide se­cu­rity “and it will not be tol­er­ated”.

“It is in law that Knec has the man­date of en­sur­ing exam pa­pers get to the sta­tions. Why is the gov­ern­ment then telling teach­ers to do this job, yet they are not em­ployed by Knec?” Sos­sion said.

He said by craft­ing such a pol­icy, Knec is look­ing for some­one to blame when cheat­ing takes place.

Sos­sion spoke in Ny­eri on Satur­day when he at­tended a fundraiser to set­tle a Sh2 mil­lion hospi­tal bill for the mother of Ny­eri Knut branch chair­man Pa­trick Karinga.

Sos­sion urged the gov­ern­ment to set aside Sh18 bil­lion to hire 90,000 new teach­ers and end the cur­rent short­age.

/PA­TRICK VIDIJA

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