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Marking of 14 million matric papers starts today – The Citizen

The marking of 14 million National Senior Certificate (NSC) scripts will start on Monday. 

The marking of the exams is predicted to final till 22 January, with a staggered method being adopted cross 181 marking centres to keep away from the unfold of Covid-19. 

45 000 markers shall be stationed throughout the nation for the subsequent 18 days. 



Last 12 months’s matric learners have been pressured not solely to adapt to a devastating pandemic and large class disruptions, those that wrote maths and science paper two have been virtually made to rewrite them. 

This after the above papers have been leaked. 

ALSO READ: Court cans Motshekga’s leaked matric rewrite plans

Department of Basic Education (DBE) minister Angie Motshekga, below recommendation from the National Examinations Irregularities Committee (NEIC), and high quality assurance board Umalusi, dominated {that a} rewrite could be essentially the most sound choice. 

A courtroom battle noticed Judge Norman Davis rule that the rewrites suggestion was “irregular and unlawful”. Motshekga and the NEIC have been ordered to pay the prices of the candidates and authorized counsel.  

The marking of the 2020 matric exams continues to be shrouded in strict pandemic protocols, as South Africa battles its second wave of Covid-19 infections. 

As such, screening shall be happening on the entrance to the marking and lodging venue. 

The division stated any member of the marking personnel who’s sick mustn’t report back to the marking centre, however to the well being centre, the place a nursing sister shall be accessible on web site.

A Covid-19 compliance officer has additionally been appointed to make sure adherence to well being protocols. 

Markers who examined constructive for Covid-19 however accomplished the isolation interval earlier than reporting to the marking centre shall be allowed to take part within the marking course of. 

Accommodation services shall be often sanitised, however the division stated that almost all hostels are shared rooms. They prompt a two metre social distancing protocol and 50% room capability, and “preferably no sharing or rooms.”

No greater than 50 folks could also be served meals and teas at a time. Tables in eating hals for markers are separated by 1.5 metres. There are additionally plans for take-away packs to cut back the quantity of markers in meal halls. 

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