South Africa/January 21, 2020/By: Bongekile Macupe/Source: https://mg.co.za/
Six provinces have concluded the marking of matric scripts; the rest are expected to finish by Friday.
At a media briefing this morning, basic education director general Mathanzima Mweli and director of national examinations Priscilla Ogunbanjo outlined the process to be followed when marking is concluded.
Ordinarily, by early January the matric class would receive their results, and the department would have been occupied with the new academic year.
However, because schooling was suspended for months last year, with grade 12 learners missing three months of schooling after a level-five lockdown was instituted, the matric examination started later.
The last paper of the matric exam was written on 15 December. This has meant that all processes concerning the exam have been pushed back.
“Certainly, on Friday there will be no one at the marking centres,” she said.
Ogunbanjo also said that the capturing of marks had already started at 34 capturing centres across the country, and that this process will be concluded on 25 January.
Ogunbanjo said that, of the 45 272 markers, 315 tested positive, and seven died.
Mweli said the markers showed the highest act of patriotism for taking on this job during a pandemic.
“We regret those who have fallen in the process of carrying [out] the job. We have also lost chief markers, internal moderators at the national level, and some at the provincial level. This is expertise, skills, competencies and experience that we acquire over many years, so it will take some time for the sector to replace these men and women. But we are eternally grateful to each and every marker,” he said.
When the process of capturing marks and standardisation has concluded, the department will present a report of irregularities to quality assurer Umalusi. This is due to occur on 12 February. It will be up to Umalusi to say whether it accepts the matric results of the class of 2020.
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