KCSE marking halted in Mang’u after striking teachers disrupt the process decrying poor working conditions and low wages.
The ongoing Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) paper marking was put on hold indefinitely after participating teachers put down their tools decrying poor working conditions and low wages.
The teachers also complained about newly introduced precautionary measures in the process of marking during the Tuesday, January 10, exercise.
The measures, in the instructors’ opinion, slowed down the marking process, making it harder for them than anticipated to complete their duties.
The teachers were marking the Christian Religious Education (CRE) paper at the time the strike kicked off.
The teachers claimed the amount they were lined up to receive was lesser than the expenses incurred while traveling and settling at the venue.
The aggravated teachers flocked the school compound on Tuesday, January 10, morning, vowing not to continue with the marking exercise until their demands are met.
They also raised concerns about the marking scheme which they claimed was rigid.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu and Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang showed up at St. Francis Mang’u Girls School in response to the situation that had shown signs of getting out of hand.
However, the rowdy group of teachers declined to listen to the CS and instead chanted the name of President William Ruto.
The process of KCSE marking had been ongoing at St Francis Mangu Girls High School, weeks after the candidates completed the national examinations in December 2022.
Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu had indicated that the results of the exams would be released by January 23 when schools are scheduled to open.