Wednesday 28th November was the last day of the national matric exams. Now begins the process of marking all the learner’s exams, with the KwaZulu-Natal region already underway in all 27 of its allocated marking centres.

The marking will be from the 3rd December to 14th December, with the department allocating 7 481 markers of which 74 are chief markers, 214 are deputies, 1 496 senior markers and 5 697 regular markers. They will all be tasked will handling the estimated the 1 963 421 scripts to be marked during this period.

“The teachers have moved into the venues and all 27 marking venues are ready, even the venue that had been a source of complains from the National Teachers Union (Natu) last week is ready,” said department of education spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi.

While the marking process is now underway, another issue has been brought up, with ready access to water in particular proving a problem for some municipalities.

Added to this is the growing concerns around South Africa’s power utility, with load shedding presenting a potential hurdle in how quickly marking can be done.

“What is of more immediate concern is this issue of load shedding, as we believe it might have an impact on marking,” adds SA Democratic Teachers Union provincial secretary Nomarashiya Caluza.

Other regions that have started marking include Gauteng, where they began on the 1st December and plan to finish on 15th December.

[Source – IOL]

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