Eight Matric Exam Markers Test Positive For Covid-19 In Free State
Matric exam markers in the Free State are fearful to return to marking centres after eight markers tested positive for the coronavirus at seven different venues.
Matric exam markers across the country have been concerned about their safety due to the rapid spread of Covid-19 in the second wave of the pandemic in South Africa. These fears come after the various Covid-19 cases reported at marking centres including one death of a marker in KwaZulu-Natal.
The Department of Basic Education revealed that 238 markers across the country had tested postive for Covid-19 and a total of 2 685 had withdrawn or declined to be markers because of the fear of getting infected or having tested positive already.
In the Free State more than 60 educators have wihtdrawn from the 23 marking centres in the province most of them being fearful of contracting Covid-19.
Eight teachers in the province tested for Covid-19 at seven different matric exam marking centres.
Free State Education Spokesperson Howard Ndaba says that these markers are currently self-isolating and says that some of them are doing well according to reports from their families.
Those who were in close contact with these markers were advised to quarantine before they return to marking at the centre again.
Ndaba says all the necessary precautions have been taken in the marking centres to ensure the safety of all the markers.
He remains confident that the marking will be completed on the planned deadline, even with all the markers who have withdrawn from the marking process. This is due to the reserve markers available for all the withdrawals.
The Department of Basic Education has said that the decline seen in 2020's Matric pass rate is not Covid related and would have actually been very close to last year's pass rate. The Matric Class of 2020 achieved a national pass rate of 76.2%.
After congratulating the Matrics of 2020, the Department of Basic Education turns its attention to implementing support systems for Grade 12 learners who did not do so well in 2020.
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