KNEC Set to Pay KCSE 2021 Examiners

Teachers who supervised and marked last year’s KCSE examinations are set to enjoy their pay after a long period of waiting.

This is after Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui inquired why there were recurrent delays in payment of the teachers during question time in Parliament. 

“Every year the national examinations council fails to release the payment to these teachers on time while prioritizing other personnel, the cabinet secretary should come out and explain,” Said Tonui.

The legislator further requested Magoha to give a time frame during which the payments will be released.

Although the officials failed to reveal the pay day for the teachers, sources say KNEC will start paying early next week before Magoha appears in Parliament for questioning on the same.

Magoha will appear before the departmental committee on education and research within two weeks in order to respond to the issues raised.

The lawmaker who also serves as the Kuppet assistant national treasurer called for a review of the charges. KNEC has so far paid teachers who invigilated and supervised the KCPE examinations.

Though, some primary school teachers have lamented missing payment despite taking part in the exercise.

A total of 242,406 teachers were contracted by KNEC to help with supervision and marking of the 2021 national exams.

The delay by KNEC in paying teachers who invigilated and supervised the exams has led to complaints by teachers in various platforms.

Some teachers have threatened not to take part in the exercise again due to delay in payment.

Among those listed for payments are the contracted professionals who include Centre Managers (Principals and Head Teachers), Supervisors, Invigilators and Security Personnel.

According to payment details released by KNEC, primary school heads who act as Centre Managers for the KCPE exams pocket a daily subsistence allowance of Sh500 for a total of 4 days including rehearsal day.

Secondary school Principals on the other hand, earn a daily allowance of Sh500 for 18 days.

The highest paid Supervisor walks away with a sum total of sh12,510 while the highest paid invigilator gets ksh 9860.

The examiner does not pay deputy head teachers and principals despite being present at the school present during the examination period as assistant Centre Managers.

KNEC also does not include for payment teachers handling science subjects who prepare and administer practical’s during the KCSE examinations.


Contracted ProfessionalExamRegionPay Per DayTotal Days engagedTotal Pay
Centre ManagerKCPEAll RegionsSh5004Sh2,000
Centre ManagerKCSEAll RegionsSh50018Sh9,000
InvigilatorsKCPEAll RegionsSh5383Sh1,615
InvigilatorsKCSENairobi & MombasaSh58017Sh9,860
InvigilatorsKCSEOther RegionsSh46017Sh7,820
SupervisorsKCPEAll RegionsSh6214Sh2,485
SupervisorsKCSENairobi & MombasaSh69518Sh12,510
SupervisorsKCSEOther RegionsSh63018Sh11,340
Security OfficersKCSEAll RegionsSh42016Sh6,720
DriversKCSEAll RegionsSh40516Sh6,480

A total of 70,486 teachers who were vetted by the by the Commission administered the KCSE examination.

A total of 831,015 candidates registered for the KCSE examination which were administered in 10,413 centers.

The examination papers and other materials were served from 483 distribution centers.

The council registered 1,225,507 KCPE candidates in 28,316 examination centers which were served from 491 distribution centers.

KNEC merged centers that had less than 30 candidates to cut down on the cost of logistics. This affected 151 centers whose candidates were hosted elsewhere.

KNEC trained another batch of examiners for marking of KCPE and KCSE exams in October last year.

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