The Kenya Union of Post-Primary Education Teachers (KUPPET) vowed to institute legal action against the Ministry of Education and the Kenya National Examination Council(KNEC) for authorizing the use of Xylene – in the ongoing Kenya Certificate for Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
The chemical was used by the students who sat for Chemistry Paper III exposing them alongside their teachers to health complications.
“Many students and teachers have complained of the side effects after exposure the chemical,” he said.
“We urge the KNEC to adopt well-established safety measures to protect teachers and students during future practical exams,” Misori said.
Education Cabinet Secretary Prof George Magoha and Principal Secretary Belio Kipsang defended Kenya National Examination Council’s (KNEC) decision to deploy Xylene for Chemistry practicals.
Responding to safety concerns raised by KUPPET, Prof Magoha said chemistry instructors had been trained on safe handling of the chemical.
“Most of chemicals used in chemistry are harmful, Xylene in this case is not as dangerous as Chlorine and Bromine and have been used since when I was in high school,” the CS pointed out.
“Those people trying to make noise and misinforming the public may have expected a different substance.”