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Concerns raised over Knec's CEO vacancy ahead of tests

Monday September 10 2018

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Knec CEO Mercy Karogo (left) chairman George Magoha and members Rosemary Saina and Julius Ouma at the council’s offices on January 18, 2018. PHOTO | FILE| NATION MEDIA GROUP 

OUMA WANZALA
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For the third year running, Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) will this year administer national examinations without a substantive chief executive officer.

This is despite calls by National Assembly’s Education Committee and Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) that the current acting chief executive officer, Dr Mercy Karogo, be confirmed or another person be hired.

Knec chairman, Prof George Magoha, told Nation.co.ke that the council will not be able to have a substantive boss before the examination starts next month.

HIGH INTEGRITY

The recruitment process for a CEO started in August last year.

“We want to be thorough with the recruitment of a new chief executive officer. We are also almost to the examination and we cannot bring in a new person at this moment since the integrity of such a person must be very high,” said Prof Magoha.

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CONTINUED DELAY

Education committee chairman Julius Melly, recently asked Education Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang to speed up the recruitment process.

 Knut Secretary General Wilson Sossion said the continued delay in the appointment of a substantive CEO at the council would compromise the credibility of national tests.

Last year Knec invited candidates with Master’s degree in Education or other fields to submit their applications by September 29.