The Northern Cape Department of Education opened three marking centres on Sunday (02/12) to assess the National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination in Kimberley. A total of 982 markers were appointed. Martha Bartlett, MEC for Education, spoke at the official opening. “Marking is considered as one stage in an integrated, collaborative process of teaching and learning, requiring awareness of the teachers’ dual role as a coach and assessor,” said Bartlett. “It also requires the marker to fully understand the context of the learners’ work. “It is in this context that we call upon you, as an intellectual, to maintain the morals and ethics of the teaching profession with this big task at hand.” The province will host the marking of 43 subjects, 73 question papers and 173 873 scripts. Marking officials and administrators are expected to maintain a high level of efficiency and accuracy, as the outcome of this examination is used to obtain entry to tertiary education institutions or to access other training or employment opportunities. The outcome of the NSC examination also serves as a barometer of educators’ and schools’ performance. The provincial results will be released on 4 January, followed by the provincial matric awards ceremony, which will acknowledge the top performing learners in the province.