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kznlogo thumb100 TimesLIVE reports that calls from trade unions to halt matric marking in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) after the deaths of two teachers from two different marking centres have been rejected by the provincial education department.  

Teacher unions raised concerns about the safety of their members at matric exam marking centres after the death of the two markers, one from the Estcourt marking centre and the other from the Inanda Seminary marking centre in Durban.  Siphiwe Mpungose of the Educators' Union of SA has been at the forefront of this call, citing concern over the safety of markers.  But education MEC Kwazi Mshengu said there was no need for concern.  He said measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 at marking centres were adequate and cited the lack of transmissions at the two centres concerned as proof that the systems put in place by the department were effective.  “We did not register a single case of a spread of the virus at our marking centres. Those cases we report as positive are of those who contracted the virus outside the marking centres. Because of the efficiency of our system we were able to detect them and refer them to hospital for testing,” Mshengu indicated.  KZN has 8,730 markers in 30 centres spread across the province.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Zimasa Matiwane at TimesLIVE

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