Basic Education happy with first week of matric exam marking

Basic Education happy with first week of matric exam marking

The Department of Basic Education is satisfied with the progress made during the first week of the marking of matric exam papers.

Marking centres

Marking began this week throughout the country.

Provincial education departments have been under pressure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Nearly 1000 markers have pulled out of marking the exams papers in five provinces.

But the department’s director-general Mathanzima Mweli says he is satisfied that logistics were in place to ensure the safety of markers.

“It is encouraging to note that the Department of Health is supporting the marking centres in the Eastern Cape, where the infection rates are high, with testing of marking personnel prior to accepting markers into the marking centre.

“This is an extensively demanding process which was not accommodated in the initial plans of the Eastern Cape, but the province is working closely with the Department of Health to see how best this can be managed without compromising the marking process,” says Mweli.

Mweli says the department is encouraged by the commitment of markers to ensure that the marking gets underway, despite the risks.

“The DBE and the PEDs will continue to monitor the marking centres very closely to ensure that all risks are appropriately addressed, and daily reports are received from each of the 177 marking centres on progress and challenges to be addressed.

“There is already a relative sense of stability which should improve in the next few days as markers settle and get down to business.”


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