KNEC Announces 280,000 Job Vacancies for teachers
The Kenya National Examination Council KNEC has invited applications from teachers for over 280,000 job vacancies.
The job vacancies are for teachers who wish to be considered for jobs as centre managers, supervisors, invigilators, examiners (markers) as well as security personnel. Applicants have until Friday to submit their online applications on the Kenya National Examinations Council website.
Centre managers are usually, by default, the head teachers for primary schools and principals for secondary schools in their respective schools.
The 280,000 positions is a rise by 15,500 more jobs as compared to contracted teachers KNEC hired in 2019.
Teachers who wish to apply for the above vacancies have until Friday 26th February to send their application.
Interested candidates have been asked to make their application through the KNEC website as manual applications are not acceptable.
The rise in the number of exam personnel is attributable to an increase in the number of candidates sitting for National Exams this year at both primary and secondary school level.
A total of 1,187,517 candidates have been registered to sit the KCPE examination this year while 751,150 registered for the KCSE national exams. Both are an increase from the 1,088,986 and 699,745 candidates respectively who sat the examinations in 2019 respectively. There may also be more classrooms used as examination rooms necessitated by requirements for extra spacing to adhere to Covid-19 guidelines.
In 2019 KNEC hired some 264,446 teachers to administer, manage and mark the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) and the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examinations.
KCPE is set to begin in March 22nd and end on 24th March. On the other hand, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Schools Exams KCSE candidates will do their rehearsals on March 25, and begin the exams the following day up to April 21.
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The outbreak of Covid-19 disrupted the examination calendar after learners were forced to go on a long break from March 2020 to January 2021. For this reason, National exams had to be pushed to March this year in an attempt to cater for the time lost and get candidates well prepared.
A report from the assessment test carried out after schools resumed painted a picture of unpreparedness among candidates as most of the failed the test.
However the Minister for education insisted that learners were on truck and they were ready to sit for the national exams.