Despite six markers testing positive for Covid-19 the process was concluded on time “due to the commitment and dedication of markers”
THE NORTHERN Cape Department of Education said that it concluded the marking process at four matric marking centres in Kimberley on the weekend.
Department spokesperson Geoffrey van der Merwe said that despite a number of challenges, which included six markers testing positive to Covid-19, the department managed to finish the marking process by its deadline on Saturday.
“The department has taken all the measures to ensure that all marking centres adhere to the Covid-19 regulations and guidelines. Unfortunately, six markers tested positive and were immediately released from their duties. The contact traces were isolated and subjected to testing. It was anticipated that this would have a direct impact on the completion of marking, but due to the commitment and dedication of markers we managed to finish on time, as initially scheduled,” said van der Merwe.
He said that more than 200,000 matric exam scripts were marked and he applauded everyone involved in the process.
“A total of 231,661 answer scripts were marked by 759 markers, 166 senior markers, 22 deputy chief markers, 47 chief markers and 47 internal moderators. We thank all markers as well as their families for the selfless sacrifice made towards the future of our Province. Even during the difficult time of Covid-19, the markers did not hesitate to avail themselves and sacrifice valuable family time with their loved ones,” said Van der Merwe.
“We would also like to thank the Department of Health and staff for the professional services they provided to all our marking centres to curb the spread of Covid-19. The continuous efforts by health workers must be applauded and we will forever remain grateful for the assistance you have provided.”