Umalusi concerned over lack of Afrikaans subject markers

Umalusi concerned over lack of Afrikaans subject markers

The Council for Quality Assurance in General and Further Education and Training (Umalusi) has raised concerns over a lack of teachers able to mark Afrikaans subjects.

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Umalusi briefed the media its state of readiness for the upcoming matric exams on Thursday.


The exams are scheduled to start on October 23 and conclude on November 28


“What this means is that questions papers are set in English and Afrikaans and there are students who do other subjects in Afrikaans instead of English. The shortage happens when we don’t have markers who mark the Afrikaans version of the responses,” said CEO Mafu Rakometsi.

Despite the concerns, the quality assurance body said it’s all systems go for the 2019 matric exams, where over 700 000 candidates are expected to sit for the National Senior Certificate (NSC).


According to Umalusi, 629 197 full-time and approximately 122 000 part-time candidates will be writing their exams later this month.


This is a decrease of 40 000 candidates compared to 2018. 


The examinations will take place at more than 6900 centres across the provinces.

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