Capturing Of Matric Marks Is Now Underway

Mark capturing for this years National Senior Certificate exams have now begun. The department is said to be days ahead of schedule during this years matric marking season.

Mark capturing for this years National Senior Certificate exams have now begun. The department is said to be days ahead of schedule during this years matric marking season.

Most provinces started the capture of marks on 11 January after marking commenced on 4 January, with others having started on 5 January already.

The capturing process is expected to come to an end on 25 January. All marks should then be on the system.

There are 34 capturing centres in the country and there are 611 capturers have been appointed. There were 7 capturers who withdrew for various reasons.

Director-General (DG) of Basic Education (DBE), Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, gave an update on the marking of matric scripts following the conclusion of his visits to all 181 marking centres. 

2 capturers tested positive at the gate in Eastern Cape and were then released. These capturers haven't been replaced yet but there are enough capturers to ensure that they finish on time.

No other capturers in other provinces tested positive. 

There are 11 capturers in a room. Should one test positive, the department will then not have to close down the entire marking centre.

The capturing process is a three phase process: capturing, verification and mark transfer. There is a double capture which sees two people capturing a mark and they must then tally the marks.

This is to ensure marks are correctly and accurately captured.

This marking season saw the combination of NSC and Senior certificate exam papers being marked after they were written at the end of last year.

Capturers have the same health and safety protocols in place that markers did.

Six provinces have backup generators to be safe should loadshedding happen. In the other three provinces, there are generators in some of the centres.

"In the case of centres where they don't have backup generators, the plan is that they're capturing in line with the planned loadshedding," said Director for Examinations, Ms Priscilla Ogunbanjo.

Most marking centres are packing up now as mark capturing is in process. Pre-standardisation processes have already been done and then the Department will present to Umalusi on irregularities on 12 February and how they managed it.

After Umalusi approves the results, DBE will then release the data to higher education. 

The Minister will release the results on 23 February.

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