The Ministry of Education, has directed examiners to stop couching the 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examinations candidates ahead of the coming examinations.
The directive follows reports to the effect that KNEC trained examiners who are mainly teachers are being paid to couch the candidates contrary to KNEC regulations.
The directive is contained in a Circular, dated on 22nd August 2018, to all County Directors of Education (CDE) and signed by the Principal Secretary for Basic Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang.
The County Directors of Education have been asked to investigate and prepare the report giving details of the KNEC trained examiners involved in the practice, the circular notes.
The Principal Secretary observes that abusing the training, experience, and status KNEC gives them for financial gain, in addition to exposing their identity which is contrary to the regulations.
“This practice cans negatively contribute to anxiety, cheating and negative publicity for KNEC contracted professional,” the circular read in part.
It has been copied to the Cabinet Secretary for Education, the Chief Executive Officers, KNEC, and Teachers Service Commission as well as the Regional Coordinators for Education.