DOUBTS were raised on Wednesday whether the marking of matric exams would be completed as the Second Wave of COVID-19 gets out of control countrywide.
At least 70 matric exam markers tested positive for COVID-19 in the Eastern Cape this week, just two days after the commencement of the marking of exam papers.
In Gauteng, a total of 850 teachers have withdrawn from marking the National Senior Certificate examinations due to fears of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Eastern Cape Department of Education has hired a total of 5 323 makers to mark papers at 24 centers.
45 000 markers across the country will undergo tests on a daily basis while they are at the marking facilities for the 18-day marking period.
“The health department is working closely with the education department to deal with the rising infections and we will continue with the screening and testing,” said Premier Oscar Mabuyane.
The Department of Education in Gauteng said the withdrawal of markers in the province came after several markers or their close relatives contracted the coronavirus.
“Some have tested positive for the virus. Some say they are afraid of the virus and others say they were in contact with someone who tested positive. These are some of the reasons we have received,” said GDE spokesperson Steve Mabona.
“We are happy that we have started, and we have managed to replace those that didn’t not come, we haven’t had any major issues since then,” added Mabona.
Marking in the country officially kicked off on Monday and results are expected to be released on 22 February 2021.
The Department of Basic Education said for the safety of all markers, it has appointed medical professionals who are on standby at marking centers.