Here is what a failing social experiment looks like.
In a country where the poor are demonized beyond repair, this is how young people are mistreated.
First of all, following the new Matiang’i rules aimed at eradicating exam cheating, no teacher is allowed to be in school. As a result, science teachers have been recalled to school to arrange for the practical papers. This has led to a lot of suffering on science teachers working in remote places, first because there is no reimbursement of travel expenses by the school, Kenya National Examination Council (KNEC) or the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) despite the fact all other examination officers drivers, security, centre managers (Principals), supervisors, invigilators, deputy centre managers, etc are all paid allowances for their services by the agencies.
What a discrimination to the science teachers, that there services at this time is rendered free of charge?
Secondly, most of the chemicals selected for use during yesterday chemistry 233/3 practical paper were hazardous/carcinogenic in nature for instance 1,4-dimethylbenzene (xylene).
Others included bromine and cyclohexane which are equally asphyxias with certain prescribed international safety standards of handling which are not observed.
As I write this piece, I am aware of colleague teachers who are still suffering from the effects of exposure to xylene and have even gone for medical check up, longterm effect of these substances still unpredictable. Therefore, teachers handling this substances, need to be considered for RISK ALLOWANCES by the employer.
In addition to the paid allowances of Ksh500 per day to the centre managers, the Ministry of Educaction (MOE) also allows them award themselves at least Ksh3000 per day from the school coffers but with zero allowance to the teacher. Very unfair to the Kenyan teacher administering the exam.
Kindly Cyprian, help expose this and help voice the cry of the ordinary teacher to reach the concerned parties TSC & KNEC for justice.
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