Teachers marking this year’s Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education have a story to tell after finding completely different situation at the marking centres.The measures put in place by Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has left some of them wondering if they would pick up the task again in 2017
First, all marking centres were centralised in Nairobi for close monitoring unlike before, when they were stationed in different towns.The examiners were also surprised to find all marking rooms fitted with CCTV cameras including the rooms where scripts were stored.
“Initially, we would got to sleep leaving the papers, both marked and the unmarked papers in the marking rooms. But this time round, no script was to be left in the marking rooms,” a teacher who sought anonymity told the Standard.
Time was another factor looked into as this time round examiners retired to bed at 10pm and resumed work early in the morning at 6am.
“Marking used to be a holiday of sorts to some examiners, as there was that time to have or two for the road but thus time even those who wanted it so badly couldn’t,” the teacher divulged.