Schools open on Monday amidst uncertainties over national examinations and the filling of important positions as Jubilee partners TNA and URP jostle over the sharing of State jobs.
The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) lack substantive chief executive officers at a time when the curriculum is at a crucial stage of being developed.
Yesterday, the Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary General Wilson Sossion, said that lack of a substantive chief executive of Knec will hurt examinations in third term.
“Third term is always an exam term and we don’t want issues of exams to be casualised the way it is being done. When we start hearing of exam leakages, we get worried,” said Sossion.
The position fell vacant in March when Paul Wasanga retired. Although interviews had been conducted, the position is yet to be filled as the Jubilee partners are still haggling over who should get the job, according to sources.
Knut has also written to Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi, to launch a probe on Knec following claims that a cartel planned to leak exams.
“We urge you to investigate these allegations before the start of the 2014 national examinations. The contents of the letter in our possession potent a recipe for chaos in the examinations,” read part of the Knut letter to Kaimenyi.
KICD also lacks a substantive chief executive at a time when the curriculum is at a crucial stage of being developed. The acting CEO Mercy Karogo, applied for the position but her name did not feature in the final list sent to Kaimenyi.
Yesterday, Knut was also awaiting a response from the Teachers Service Commission after it issued a 21-day notice to down tools should the government fail to conclude negotiations with teachers over the new Collective Bargain Agreement (CBA).
Knut and Kuppet have already made threats to down their tools if the demands they have tabled to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) are not agreed upon within 21 days.
Kuppet Secretary General Akello Misori said schools were yet to get funds for free schooling, which could disrupt learning. The ministry was allocated Sh13.76 billion for this, which it releases in tranches.
Misori decried that there is a delay in the release of capitation funds every term and should the same happen this term, students and pupils preparing for the exams will be disadvantaged.
“The ministry had committed to release the third batch, which is 20 per cent capitation funds within the first week of opening. If it does not happen, pupils and students preparing for examinations will suffer,” said Misori.
By Rawlings Otieno, The Standard