Over 8 700 markers selected for KZN matric exam

Friday, October 23, 2009

Durban - The KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education has appointed 8 780 markers for the 2009 National Senior Certificate marking session.

MEC for Education, Senzo Mchunu, said the markers will work in the 31 marking centres across the province after the matric exams were completed.

"The administration staff and administration assistants will report for duty on 3 December 2009, while chief markers, deputy and senior markers will report on 6 December 2009. The markers will report on 7 December," said Mchunu on Thursday.

According to the department, the marking will commence on 7 December and expected to be concluded on the 16 December. "All marking centres have sufficient marking rooms with locking doors for the security of the answer scripts during the day and at night."

Mchunu said the capturing will be concluded on the 19 December 2009 and the clearance will be given to marking centres on the 21 December for scripts to be collected. The results will be released on the 7 of January 2010.

The department said this year they received a total of 17 664 applications for the marking positions from the teachers across the province.

"District offices managed the short listing, testing, appointments and the payment for the markers and played a major role in appointing the markers for the National Senior Certificate 2009 examination. However, the entire process was monitored by the provincial office of education," the department said.

Mchunu said in all the marking centres, the department will ensure that all the security majors are in place to guarantee that the marking moves smoothly without hiccups.

The department said the irregularities will be processed during and after the conduct of examinations where possible. Candidates whose results get blocked for whatever reason would receive letters informing them of reasons and necessary processes thereof.

"The provincial examinations irregularities section will investigate all cases. The outcome of investigations would be presented to the provincial examination irregularities committee.

"The committee would make the final recommendation. Unblocking of results will be communicated to the candidates through their schools," said Mchunu.

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