Matric Marker Drop Outs Expected

Teacher unions are voicing their concerns when it comes to the marking of matric exam papers and teachers' safety while doing so. NAPTOSA has said that there is a psosibility that markers could have withdrawn their duties. Marking of the 2020 matric exam papers commenced today as Matrics are expected to receive their results on 23 February.

Teacher unions are voicing their concerns when it comes to the marking of matric exam papers and teachers' safety while doing so. NAPTOSA has said that there is a psosibility that markers could have withdrawn their duties. Marking of the 2020 matric exam papers commenced today as Matrics are expected to receive their results on 23 February.

Teachers and unions are concerned now that the country saw the second wave of Covid-19 emerging and a heavy rise in infections. However, the department is said to have been able to increase the marking centres and will also ensure that everyone in the marking centres are linked to the Department of Health by providing either private or public healthcare workers assistance. 

Basil Manuel, the Executive Director of the National Professional Teachers' Organisation of South Africa (NAPTOSA) told SABC News:

The concerns lie with the uncertainties that nobody can attend to before it actually happens. We are dependent on many officials doing the right thing.

"We have to acknowledge that some people have become more fearful than they were a couple of weeks ago because of the second wave and there may be some people who withdraw because of that," explained Manuel.

Should markers feel the need to withdraw from marking, a substitute list exists and they will then be replaced. 

Mugwena Maluleke, General Secretary of the South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) said:

 It is going to depend on the markers and the officials in the marking centre to follow protocols as required because they are on the paper and our attitude is that while we can always take off our mask and we can always chat, those particular things is not going to work.

Maluleke acknowledged what the Department has done but continues to say that there will however always be areas of concern. In order to ensure safety, he says weaknesses need to be addressed and transparency needs to be at the forefront.

Marking centres can only have 50% of it's capacity filled with social distancing taking place. 181 marking centres have been set up with about 45 000 markers being recruited. 

Markers are encouraged to limit their circle to mitigate a further spread of the virus. 

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.

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