KNEC KCSE 2023 UPDATES. As schools get ready for national exams this term, the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) has forbidden its contracted examiners and assessors from leading workshops or giving inspirational speeches to them.
The Council warns that these actions constitute a conflict of interest and may encourage exam cheating, a vice that the group has been working to eradicate for years.
The majority of schools typically employ various individuals to provide motivational speeches to its applicants in an effort to inspire and psyche them up before exam season. Usually, they receive a modest fee in exchange for their efforts.
KNEC pays more than Ksh 2 billion a year for the services of at least 89,910 KCSE invigilators and supervisors.
The Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Dr. David Njengere, has asked all of its contracted professionals, examiners, or assessors to refrain from leading such workshops because it creates opportunities for examination leakages in a circular dated September 13, 2023 (with reference number KNEC/CONF/EA/FAS/EXAM/023/022).
“It has come to the Council’s attention that some KNEC trained and contracted examiners and assessors have continuously been called upon by various organizations or institutions to facilitate in workshops or to give motivational talks aimed at preparing candidates for national examination,” stated Dr. Njengere in the Circular.
KNEC KCSE 2023 UPDATES
Dr. Njengere cautioned, “While peer learning, exam preparation, and improving teaching techniques are all good ideas, the Council wishes to observe that the Oath of Secrecy that every contracted professional, examiner, or assessor signs forbids, among other things, engaging in activities that could present a conflict of interest and disclosing one’s identity as a KNEC examiner/assessor.
According to KNEC data, approximately 3.5 million students will take national exams in 2023.
Of those, 1.4 million students will take the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE),
903,260 students have registered for the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), and
1.2 million students will take the Kenya Primary School Education Assessment (KPSEA).