KZN's matric markers still unhappy

2008-12-01 00:00

With the marking of matric papers beginning tomorrow, the provincial Education Department is maintaining that it’s all systems go — but markers say problems continue to plague the process.

There will be 39 marking centres across KZN and 11 200 markers have been confirmed for the end-of-year exams. According to department spokeswoman Mbali Thusi, security, catering and marking memoranda are in place, and teachers have also confirmed their availability.

However, markers say they have been placed in venues far from home when there are closer venues. Some said this not only proves the KZN department’s unwillingness to take markers’ welfare into account, but also that the department doesn’t mind “squandering taxpayers’ money” through travel allowances and accommodation costs, which can be avoided.

Speaking to The Witness yesterday, markers who wished to remain anonymous gave as an example the venues for the history papers. They said History Paper 1 will be marked in Inanda in Durban, while History Paper 2 will be marked at Maritzburg College. However, they said many Pietermaritzburg markers have been placed in Durban and vice versa. And although they have tried to swap, they said the department is unwilling to accommodate them because of the administrative load.

“It boils down to disorganisation and laziness. … Some of us have very small children and can’t sleep over. I have to drive 40 km from Dalton to Pietermaritzburg to join the lift club to Inanda for the next 10 days,” one said.

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