The Kenya National Examinations Council (Knec) has appointed a top educationist, Dr David Njengere, as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
The Knec chairman, Prof John Onsati, announced that Dr Njengere would serve a five-year term effective from 1st July 2021.
Dr Njengere replaces Dr Mercy Karogo, who was appointed acting Knec CEO in 2016. Karogo was appointed alongside Prof George Magoha as the council chairperson during the reign of then Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi.
For the last five years, Karogo has helped the council to achieve its transformative agenda through critical reforms that have ensured the restoration of credibility and integrity in the national examinations.
Dr Njengere joins the council at a time when Knec seeks to set up its service to the next level, particularly in administering assessments under the Competency- Based Curriculum (CBC).
Before his appointment, Njengere served as an adviser to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education.
Previously, he served as Deputy Director at both Knec and the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development.
In both institutions, he was instrumental in developing the competency-based curriculum and assessment frameworks for the ongoing reforms.
He has teaching experience of seven years in several secondary schools in Kenya. Njengere has extensive experience in regional and international education initiatives, including being a delegate and chair of the East African Community Technical Committee on the harmonisation of curricula and education systems.
Njengere is a Hubert Humphrey Fellow and holds a PhD in Education, a Master’s in English, a Bachelor of Education in English and Literature, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Curriculum Design and Development.