KCSE exam marking was disrupted after teachers from St Francis Mang’u Girls downed their tools following low wages and poor working conditions.
Ezekiel Machogu, the cabinet secretary for education, and Belio Kipsang, the principal secretary, arrived at St. Francis Mang’u Girls School in an attempt to handle the situation.
The teachers also complained about newly implemented precautionary measures in the marking process during the exercise claiming the measures made the marking process slower, which made it harder for them to complete duties than anticipated.
The infuriated teachers gathered at the school compound promising not to proceed with the grading process unless their demands were granted.
They expressed concern about the rigidity of the marking system as well. Teachers who talked to the media noted that, in spite of the shifting economic landscape, the examination council was employing rates identical to those used in the 2010 examinations.
According to Dr. Belio Kipsang, principal secretary for basic education, the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams would be made public by January 23 before classes resume.
At the time of the strike, the teachers were marking the Christian Religious Education (CRE) paper.
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