Unhappy exam markers protest at Nquthu

2012-12-12 00:00

THERE was chaos at Sihayo High School in Nquthu yesterday when some of the 220 matric examination markers protested, claiming that they had been prevented from going home due to a missing script.

The Education Department countered that it is policy that markers must remain at the centre until all the scripts have been checked.

The protesters claimed that they had been at the school, used as a marking centre, for the past 10 days.

They were there to mark the matric accounting paper for 43 720 KwaZulu-Natal pupils.

“We finished marking on Sunday, but Department of Education officials are keeping us here because they allege that one script is missing,” said a marker who did not want to be named for fear of being victimised.

They said there were about 220 markers, 45 senior markers, six chief deputy markers, one chief marker and one manager at the centre.

Department spokesperson Muzi Mahlambi denied a script was missing.

“Teachers must not leave the centre until all the papers are checked by exam assistants. There are no reports of a missing paper; its just a delay in the checking of the papers,” he said.

He said it was standard procedure that markers were not allowed to leave until every marked paper had been checked and verified.

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