KNUT threatens to boycott exam invigilation over delayed pay

Saturday, August 19th, 2023 21:07 | By
KNUT threatens to boycott exam invigilation over delayed payment
KNUT chairperson Patrick Munuhe addressing the media in Nandi Hills Town. PHOTO/Isaiah Cheruiyot

The Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) has threatened to lobby its members to boycott invigilation of national exams, citing pay delays.

According to KNUT chairperson Patrick Munuhe, the government took a whole year to release remunerations for teachers who invigilated last year’s KCPE, KCSE, and KPSEA, exams.

Speaking during KNUT's annual conference held at Samoei Boys Secondary School, in Nandi, Munuhe said the payments were delayed despite their several letters to the Kenya National Examinations Council (KNEC).

The KNUT boss added that unless they get clear directions on payments for invigilators, teachers won't invigilate the national examinations that are months away.

"We have given the examination council two weeks to settle the bills or face the teachers’ wrath. If the bills are not settled the soonest, we are not going to invigilate national examinations of 2023", Muluhe said.

KNEC ultimatum

KNUT threatened to mobilise the examiners to occupy the KNEC office if the pending payment is not settled.

The union chair scoffed at the government, saying it was wrong to withhold teachers' pay even after subjecting the tutors to unfavourable working conditions.

‘‘Fair labour practises demand that workers who render their services should be paid commensurate with the work done and on time. The teachers performed their part of the agreement successfully, yet all they get in return is neglect,’’ he noted.

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