Anxiety over Matiang'i's tough order to teachers

The tough order may see some teachers axed.

Dr Matiang’i who spoke during a consultative meeting at the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) on Monday hinted that teachers who would have committed an offense in the upcoming KCPE and KCSE examinations risk paying a fine of over Sh5million as a punishment.

“Any officer found guilty of encouraging irregularities will be liable to a fine of Sh5 million or a five-year jail term,” said the Kenya National Examinations Council said in a statement.

The council added: “As such all monitoring officers must conduct themselves professionally during the monitoring exercise to guard against breaching any of the rules and regulations.”

The announcement by the Education stake holders comes a day after the Education CS Dr Matiang'i maintained that there are fewer chances of changing the examination dates, due to the fast approaching repeat presidential polls.

Speaking on the sidelines of the meeting, Dr Matiang'i divulged that the Ministry has not received any official communication from the polls team IEBC on the new dates thereof.

“We like dealing in a formal way, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has not communicated to us of any date change regarding the elections,” Dr Matiang’i said.

He added: “If they decide to change the date, then we will come back to the public, but what I can assure you is that the examination calendar will not change.”

According to the drafted Timetable of examinations, Form Four candidates will sit for the practical exams — French (oral and Braille), German (oral), Arabic (oral), Kenya Sign Language (practical skills), Music practical, building and construction and home science on October 23, ending on November 3.

KCSE commences

KCPE

According to the timetables already sent out to schools, the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) examination will begin on October 31 and end on November 2, while KCSE theory papers will start on November 6 and end on November 29.

“Some of the issues that have been raised in the past with regard to the conduct of monitoring officers include harassment, disturbance, and disruption of candidates when examinations are in progress, issuing of contradictory instructions without the express authority of Knec and soliciting and acceptance of bribes from head teachers, teachers, supervisors, candidates, parents or other such parties,” the council said in a statement.

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