The Department of Basic Education says 90% of the marking of matric exams has been completed, four days before the scheduled cut-off date.
Briefing the media on Wednesday, Basic Education Department’s Director-General Mathanzima Mweli said the marking of matric examinations was almost complete.
Marking started on 6 January this year, with over 45 000 markers appointed to complete the task.
Director of National Assessment and Public Examinations, Priscilla Ogunbanjo, said a number of provinces have completed marking ahead of schedule, and these included Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal and Limpopo.
Ogunbanjo said the department has appointed 611 capturers who have already started with mark-capturing, hoping to complete this by 25 January 2021.
“Most marking centers across the country are rounding up today and tomorrow, most of the provinces are left with one subject to mark,” said Ogunbanjo.
The department said since the start of marking, over 315 matric exam makers across the country have tested positive for COVID-19, 168 of them tested at the gate and were not allowed to enter the marking centers.
“The department managed to replace 70% of the markers who were not able to make it after their appointment,” added Ogunbanjo.
The department has thanked markers who worked tirelessly to complete the marking of the matric examinations.
(SOURCE: INSIDE EDUCATION)