The Basic Education Department (DBE) has said that the release of this year’s matric results will not be impacted after a storm wreaked havoc at one of its marking centres on Wednesday last week.
According to a statement issued by the department, a storm followed by hail hit parts of the Free State province and damaged a marking centre in Thaba Nchu.
Located at Albert Moroka High the marking is reported to have had its roof blown away while marking was still in progress on Wednesday. The marking centre has 112 markers.
According to the Chief Director for Public Examinations and Assessments at the department, Dr Rufus Poliah, the markers ran for cover during the storm. One of them sustained minor injuries while the rest of them escaped unharmed.
Poliah added that some of the scripts were reported to have been damaged by the hail which followed.
A high-powered delegation consisting of senior officials from the DBE and Umalusi will be visiting the marking centre. We appeal for calm at this stage, while we establish the extent of the damage.
Following his visit to the affected marking centre, Umalusi CEO, Mafa Rakometsi also stated that the incident will not in any way affect the finalisation of the coming matric results.
The markers have since been relocated to another marking centre to continue with marking and the department has also stated that the affected marker will also receive counselling.
Marking at the centre began on 8 December and is scheduled to conclude on 22 December 2021.