The marking of Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) Physics practical was on Friday halted after the teachers marking the examination downed their tools. 

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Officials from The Kenya Post Primary Education Teacher’s Union (KUPPET) were prevented from accessing the marking center at Upper Hill High School, Nairobi.

KUPPET Deputy Secretary-General Moses Nthurima claimed that a number of the teachers had demanded an increment in payment per script.

Mr. Nthurima pointed out that the teachers were receiving little pay for marking the scripts. 

Reports from Nation indicate that the teachers are being paid Sh46 for every marked script.

He further revealed that there had been cases of the teachers being threatened and intimidated by their seniors.

“We want to be called on a negotiation table to discuss examiners’ pay, the minimum pay per paper should be increased to Sh100 per script marked,” he stated.

Knec CEO Mercy Karogo, on the other hand, assured Kuppet that the exam council was working to settle the teachers' demands.

“We have already talked with teachers are we are addressing their issues to ensure that marking goes on,” Dr Karogo stated.

KUPPET Chairman Omboko Milemba raised concern over the welfare of the examiners, especially in accommodation.

 “Teachers cannot be treated like students, Knec should look for good hotels or better institutions with better accommodation facilities for examiners,” Mr. Milemba stated.