The first official day of Matric marking is done and dusted following a year full of bumps and even some controversies when it comes to the Matric Class of 2020. With marking underway, the Department hopes to finish on time and deliver results on time as well.
Marking commenced on 4 January with the Department aiming to have 18 marking days. Matric results are expected to be released on 23 February.
When speaking on the first day, Spokesperson for the Department of Basic Education (DBE), Elijah Mhlangu, said:
(quote tool) The first day went really well. We did not encounter many challenges but we didn't have the full complement of markers in our marking centres as yet.
They expect other markers to come later in the week but explained that things went well with those markers who were present on Monday.
Should a positive case be found within the marking centre, the Department has made sure that a medical professional available near every centre who will ensure that everyone present is in good health and complies with requirements.
Isolation rooms and centres are available for infected persons to get the help they need while also making sure work continues. The Department seems to be confident that should all protocols be follows, everyone will stay safe during the marking period.
Seeing that Universities are commencing later and a delay in Higher Education was seen as well, this would then lead to there being no delay in admission should marking not finish on time.
The results being released on 23 February should leave enough time for Matrics of 2020 to approach Universities as they should have already applied, explained Mhlanga.
We are making sure that the marking isn't disrupted so that we can ensure that we stay on schedule. One day we lose is going to affect the entire schedule and we don't want to see that happening as it could affect negatively on the lives of young people.
Should there be a delay with marking, the Department of Higher Education will have to move it's dates for handing admission decisions over to students.