Limpopo MEC for Education, Polly Boshielo is
scheduled to monitor progress at several matric examination marking centres
across the province, from today to Friday, 15 January 2020. The visits will
also be used check on compliance by centres to the new set of directions
and health protocols announced by the Minister of Basic Education following the
country's move to Covid-19 alert level 3.
Marking in the province is divided into two
sessions. The first batch of scripts was attended to by 1127 markers, including
ABET markers from 05 to 18 December 2020. The second session is running from 06
to 19 January 2021.
Marking is currently undertaken by a combined
total 6254 markers, senior markers, deputy chief markers and internal
moderators in 24 marking centres. Thus far 370 markers have pulled out of the
process due to various reasons including testing positive for Covid-19, family
responsibilities and bereavement. They were successfully replaced by markers
from the reserve list that was created for such eventualities.
Markers on site have been taken through
Covid-19 health protocols as part of their orientation when they arrive at
centres, which includes steps to be followed in the event of suspected or
confirmed positive cases.
The department has made provision for health
and hygiene essentials in the form of sanitizers and masks to cater for markers
and support staff for duration of marking.
Marking in the 24 centres is observed by
members from two unions represented in the Provincial Education Labour Relation
Council (PELRC), SADTU and CTU-ATU. These union representatives also form part
of daily centre progress meetings to aid smooth running of the process.
ISSUED BY THE LIMPOPO DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION