NC puts concerns over shortage of exam markers to bed

The Northern Cape Department of Education has put allegations that there is a shortage of exam markers in the province to bed.

Education MEC Mack Jack says all measures have been put in place to ensure there are no hiccups in the upcoming end-of-year examinations.

Announcing the province’s state of readiness, Jack, said a thorough process was conducted to ensure quality marking of answer scripts will take place.

He added over 900 Markers have been appointed,  46 Chief Markers, 46 Internal Moderators, three Data Capture Supervisors and Centre Managers, as well as over 130 Examination Assistants, amongst other personnel.

Jack said it is all systems go for the exams – set to kick off on October 16 in the province. Altogether 11 512 full-time candidates and 2 024 part-time candidates are expected to sit for the 2019 National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination.

He added the province is confident all candidates will receive question papers on time, on the day of writing and that learners will avoid irregularities.

“The marking centres will open on the 1st of December 2019 and answer scripts and question papers will be delivered to marking centres, while the capturing of marks will take place up to the 12th of December 2019,” said Jack.

He explained that the province last year achieved a pass rate of 73,3%, a decline of 2,3% from 75,6 % in 2017, and that the class of 2019 has a mammoth task ahead to ensure that they improve on last year’s 73,3% pass percentage.