The MEC has high expectations for the class of 2020 despite many challenges including leaked examination papers and the Covid-19 pandemic.
THE MEC for Education Zolile Monakali officially opened the marking centres on Tuesday where 231 661 national senior certificate (NSC) examination scripts are being marked at four examination centres in Kimberley.
The 2020 matric results are expected to be announced on February 22.
A total of 759 markers were appointed – 166 senior markers, 22 deputy chief markers, 47 chief markers and 47 internal moderators.
Administrative duties will be dealt with by 200 examination assistants at the four examination centres.
Monakali had high expectations for the class of 2020 despite many challenges including leaked examination papers and the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We have high hopes that the Class of 2020 will do us proud. The 2020 NSC examinations were very challenging due to the increase in the number of candidates that sat for the examinations as well as leaked examination papers. This had a very negative impact on the credibility of the 2020 NSC examinations.”
He added that this placed a greater obligation on markers to work with precision and a higher level of accuracy.
“All answer scripts must be a true reflection of the candidate’s academic achievement.
“Markers must take into account what is expected from pupils and should mark from their point of view and understanding.
“We rely on the marker’s experience and expertise to fast-track and identify mistakes of the marking process. The points awarded must be fair, should not favour or prejudice any learner.”
Monakali stated that the basic education sector had been disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It has turned the world upside down and continues to create havoc, disrupting the lives of many people.
“The release of the National Senior Certificate examination results was delayed due to disruptions to the school year by the Covid-19 pandemic. Today we have reached the final stage of the 2020 national senior certificate examinations.”
He mourned the death of educators who had succumbed to the coronavirus.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the lives of many educators that affected learners and support staff at schools. Valuable learning and teaching time was lost.
“The education sector was forced to adapt to new ways of doing things, such as online learning and teaching.
“We have managed to overcome most of these challenges due to the commitment, dedication and resilience of educators during these difficult times.”
Monakali said that all the necessary health and safety protocols had been put in place to ensure that the marking centres adhered to the Covid-19 regulations and guidelines
“Compulsory screening will be conducted daily. If anyone shows signs or symptoms for Covid-19, they will need to self-isolate immediately and, if necessary, possibly be replaced. The department will be very strict in implementing the Covid-19 safety protocols.”