KUPPET Faults State Over Budget Cuts on Exam and Invigilation Fees

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has raised alarms over the government’s recent decision to cut the budget allocated to the Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC). This move, they argue, threatens the integrity and smooth execution of upcoming national examinations.

In a press briefing, KUPPET’s Acting Secretary General, Moses Nthurima, expressed grave concerns about the potential consequences of these budget cuts. He highlighted that the decision would significantly impair KNEC’s capacity to conduct credible national examinations, which are scheduled to take place in three months.

“The government must urgently reconsider its decision to reduce KNEC’s budget. The cuts will severely hinder the council’s ability to deliver credible examinations, which are crucial for maintaining the integrity of our education system,” Nthurima stated. “Without adequate funding, we risk jeopardizing the future of thousands of students across the country.”

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Implications of the Budget Cuts

The budget reductions are set to affect several key areas:

  1. Exam Preparation and Distribution: KNEC relies heavily on its budget to prepare, print, and distribute examination materials to various centers nationwide. Budget cuts could lead to delays and logistical challenges.
  2. Invigilation and Supervision: Adequate funding ensures that there are enough trained invigilators and supervisors to oversee the examination process. Reduced funds may result in understaffing, increasing the risk of exam malpractice.
  3. Marking and Results Processing: Post-examination activities such as marking and processing results require significant resources. Budget constraints could delay these processes, affecting the timely release of results.

Urgent Call for Government Action

KUPPET officials emphasized the urgent need for the government to address these budget cuts. They stressed that the integrity of the national examinations is paramount to the credibility of the country’s education system.

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“The education sector is the backbone of our nation’s future. It is imperative that the government allocates sufficient resources to ensure that national examinations are conducted smoothly and efficiently,” Nthurima added. “We call upon the Ministry of Education and other relevant authorities to intervene and restore the necessary funding to KNEC.”

Looking Ahead

As the national examinations draw near, the pressure mounts on the government to address these financial challenges. KUPPET’s warning serves as a stark reminder of the critical role that adequate funding plays in maintaining the standards of education in Kenya.

The coming weeks will be crucial in determining how the government responds to these concerns. Ensuring that KNEC has the resources it needs to conduct credible examinations will be vital in safeguarding the future of Kenya’s students and the overall integrity of the education system.

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In conclusion, the budget cuts imposed on KNEC pose a significant threat to the upcoming national examinations. The government must act swiftly to address these issues to prevent disruptions and ensure the smooth conduct of exams. KUPPET’s call to action highlights the importance of adequate funding in maintaining the credibility and integrity of the country’s education system.


About KUPPET

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) is a leading teachers’ union in Kenya, representing the interests of post-primary education teachers. The union advocates for the welfare and professional development of its members and works to improve the quality of education in Kenya.