Marking on target, checking goes on

2010-12-17 00:00

TEACHERS are catching their breath after marking hundreds of thousands of scripts for the 2010 National Senior Certificate examination.

They should also be smiling all the way to the bank.

The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education said marking ended on target as planned on Wednesday, and that the process went smoothly in all the marking centres in the province.

“Everything is going according to schedule. There have been no problems. We are on target,” said department spokesperson Mbali Thusi. “… There was not a single incident that disrupted marking.”

Marking officially began on December 7 in the province, and administration staff and markers with special functions started reporting for duty from the last day of exams all over the country.

The exception was Gauteng, which adopted a staggered approach to marking.

KZN accounted for 9 000 of the 38 874 markers who signed up for the job of marking scripts in 127 marking centres all over the country.

More than 642 000 pupils registered for the exams, which is the highest number in the history of the exam.

But even with the marking over, the work is not quite finished for some departmental officials.

Before the official release of the exam results on January 6, the national examinations irregularities committee of the Department of Basic Education is expected to hand over its report to the director-general next Wednesday.

The D-G will in turn pass the report to the minister for submission to Umalusi, the examinations standards authority, which will convene a standardisation meeting.

Then the Umalusi and the national and provincial education departments will turn their attention to the checking of preliminary results. Once the NSC results have been approved by the Umalusi council, they will be officially released.


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