Education PS wants govt to slash exam facilitation funds

The Ministry of Education wants the government to cut down on the huge budget allocated for facilitating National exams.

Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang reiterated that the education sector has enough professionals to ensure that the exercise runs smoothly without the need to be accompanied by the government officers to deliver their mandate.

Compared to last year, this year’s exercise attracted more than 10 Cabinet Secretaries and other senior government officers.

Speaking at Thika examination center, Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang urged teachers to instill the confidence that they can deliver their mandate without being supervised.

Attorney General Kihara Kariuki who was also present to witness the opening of the examination container, said that the money invested to manage this one-month long exercise could be used to improve the status of the schools in Kenya.

They also urged parents and teachers to stop mounting pressure on candidates to pass exams and allow them the opportunity to do their best

The Kenya National Examinations Council was allocated 4.2 billion shillings for management of national exams out of which 2 billion shillings is meant for teachers who will mark the scripts, while 1 billion shillings is for paying the 264,446 field officers who include invigilators, supervisors, centre managers and security officers.

The rest was to cater for the logistics of various government officers involved in the exercise.

  

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