The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) Homa Bay branch Executive Secretary has asked the Kenya National Examination Council to reconsider contracting secondary school teachers as KCSE exam invigilators.
Mr Stephen Yogo feared that the teachers might escalate exam cheating by using cell phones as some of them have covered the syllabuses in various subjects just like the examinees.
“When you are an English teacher for instance, then you see a student writing a wrong preposition, you might be tempted to correct the student,” he said.
The union secretary instead advised the examination body to hire the services of primary and Junior Secondary School teachers to invigilate KCSE exam to prevent cheating.
“If we do not want cases of cheating to increase, we advise they use primary school teachers and JSS teachers instead of secondary school teachers,” he maintained.
Concerning the ongoing retooling exercise of JSS teachers, Mr. Yogo said the union is in full support of capacity building adding that it gives teachers the capacity to perform their work to the best.
“However, I urge the body financing the exercise to pay the teachers instantly at the end of the retooling exercise, they do not have to wait for long,” said Mr. Yogo.
The Executive Secretary further informed that the union plans to embark on a tree planting initiative in schools to conserve environment.
He noted that they will sample schools in Homa Bay for purposes of planting and nurturing trees within their lands which will be named KUPPET Forests.