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education90SowetanLive reports that about 2,000 matric exam markers have had to withdraw from marking the National Senior Certificate exam scripts due to various reasons, including cases of positive Covid-19 tests.  

But, according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE), it will complete the marking in the next 10 days despite having to replace those who have withdrawn from the process.  Marking began last week amid mass withdrawals by markers due to positive Covid-19 tests, bereavements and fears of contacting the virus.  The process is scheduled to be completed on 21 January.  DBE director-general Mathanzima Mweli said there was no crisis in getting the markers replaced as they had anticipated since March last year that Covid-19 would negatively impact on the marking of matric scripts.  A report by the Eastern Cape education department revealed that 292 officials at marking centres, including markers, school staff, managers and security officers, tested positive for Covid-19 up until Saturday during the mandatory screening and testing.  The province has a shortage of 45 markers and 167 exam assistants and is working towards finding replacements.  In Gauteng, about 800 markers withdrew last week and were replaced.  SA Democratic Teachers’ Union secretary Mugwema Maluleke said they were happy with the progress made despite the withdrawal of markers.  Basil Manuel of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of SA said preventing markers from contracting the virus was no easy task:  “People travel in and out of the centres, then they may decide to walk down the road and meet so and so. It's a big task.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Isaac Mahlangu at SowetanLive
  • Read too, Covid-19 wreaks havoc with matric exam marking centres, at The Star

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