No water for Vryheid exam markers

2010-12-14 00:00

THE KZN Department of Education has rejected claims that markers at a marking centre in Vryheid were hospitalised yesterday for food poisoning, but admitted that the town has been without water.

The Witness received a tip-off alleging that all the markers had been taken to hospital.

The department said it has no knowledge of this.

Responding to the query, spokesperson Mbali Thusi said it was reported to the department that the centre had run out of water. The department has had to arrange for water tankers to be brought in to supply the markers.

It appears that the marking process has not been affected.

“What we have done is request a health risk report from the department of Health to look at what the risk of going without water would be, because the health of the markers would obviously be our number one priority.

“Once we’ve looked at the report, we will be in contact with the local authorities on how best to ensure that the health of the employees is not compromised,” said Thusi.

The Witness was unable to confirm with the Abaqulusi Municipality how long the are­a has been without water.

Marking for the matric exams began in KwaZulu-Natal last Tuesday and is expected to be completed by tomorrow.

Over 9 000 markers have been appointed to review the scripts of 130 484 full-time and 20 388 part-time candidates registered to write the third offering of the National Senior Certificate examinations.

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