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Students risk missing KNEC exams as government cuts funding for KNEC

The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) has warned that the Kenya National Examinations Council may not conduct the exams this year due to lack of funding.

On Wednesday, KUPPET claimed that KNEC had not yet received any funding from the government despite the exams being three months away.

According to union officials, KNEC does not currently have any budget allocation from the National Treasury.

Further validating the claims, media reports confirmed that a circular dated July 5, by the Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Njuguna Ndung’u, highlighted at least 24 areas that will be affected by the budget cuts.

Treasury Secretary General Njuguna Ndung’u speaks at the investors conference during the 2023 World Bank-IMF Annual Meetings, in Morocco on October 16, 2023

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Within the listed areas, there was a 100 percent discount on examination and supervision fees.

KUPPET has therefore warned that KNEC may resort to cancelling the exams this year.

In addition, KUPPET chairperson Omboko Milemba said the examination body could also choose to make parents pay additional fees to cover the exams.

“It means that KNEC has two alternatives: either not administer the exams because they do not have the budget (it is our duty to point this out) and secondly, charge parents as they used to do before,” said Omboko Milemba, KUPPET president.

The union also lamented that the education sector was in limbo when it came to overseeing national exams if they were to take place due to the funding issue.

According to Moses Nthurima, the Union’s Secretary General, the government has not clarified the way forward following the adoption of austerity measures.

“I don’t know if the government wants to privatise the administration of the exams or if they are going to administer them online,” Nthurima added.

Teachers continued to express concern over the state of Kenya’s austerity measures and said the education sector should remain passive in the face of budget cuts.

A photograph of a Kenyan teacher in a classroom.

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