Eight matric exam markers in the Free State have tested positive for Covid-19.
OFM News reports that the provincial Education Department confirms as of January 15 the province had recorded eight positive cases at different marking centres. These include two markers at the Ficksburg High School and one marker at Oranje Meisies Skool, Brentpark High School, Rosenhoff High School, Brebner High School, Landboudal School and another at HTS Louis Botha School. Departmental spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, says these markers have since been released from the marking centres and are currently in self-quarantine.
“Marking rooms where these markers were working, were decontaminated. In some instances markers were taken to another venue, where possible”.
He says the department is confident marking will be completed on January 21 as scheduled.
Meanwhile, OFM News has reported that Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela together with Moqhaka Mayor, Mpho Chakane, are on Monday expected to visit marking centre to monitor compliance with Covid-19 regulations.
Spokesperson to the Premier, Sello Pietersen, said the two will visit Kroonstad High School Marking Centre and BrentPark High School Marking Centre to monitor compliance with Covid-19 regulations after a Civil Techonology Marker at the BrentPark High School Marking Centre became one of the markers who tested positive for the virus.
He confirms the province has 2 138 markers, 442 Examinations Assistance, 23 Centre Managers, 23 Deputy Centre Managers and 32 administration support staffers.
Pietersen and Ndaba have both has highlighted that compliance with Covid-19 regulations is mandatory and confirms all centers have been provided with PPEs.