Will The Matric Results Be Delayed?

The marking of the matric final examinations commenced on Monday while South Africa experiences its second wave of Covid-19. This begs the question whether there will be delays in the release of the matric results. 

The 2020 academic calendar had experienced many delays due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. This saw 45 000 exam markers commence with the marking of the matric exam scripts across South Africa on 4 January.

The marking is set to end on 22 January and for the duration markers will be working under strict Covid-19 protocols in marking centres to prevent the spread of the virus. 

181 marking centres, this includes schools, have been identified and prepared for the process of marking according to the Department of Basic Education (DBE).  

The markers are faced with a big task as this group of matric learners is the largest ever to write the final exams with 1 058 699 candidates registered to write the exams. 14 million exam scripts must be marked by the 45 000 markers within 18 days.  

The DBE's spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga spoke to SABC News saying that not all the markers are at the marking centres yet as the centre managers and chief and senior markers are undergoing orientation for the marking of the exams. 

In the Eastern Cape all markers will be tested for Covid-19 to ensure that marking centres are safe. 

Markers across the country will be screened throughout the day that they spend at the marking centre. 

“We know that there’s a lot of anxiety around gatherings, but we have done all that we could to make sure they are safe.”-DBE spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga

"When they arrive in the morning they will be screened, during the day they will be screened and sometime in the afternoon they will also be screened because we want to pick up if there is anything changing in terms of their health which might need the attention of the medical professionals." said Mhlanga. 

Those markers who fail to disclose their positive Covid-19 status will be charged with misconduct warns the DBE. 

Although the marking of the exam scripts is occurring later this year than it has previously, Mhlanga says the matric results can be expected to be collected by the candidates on 23 February. All eyes will be on the accreditation bureau Umalusi to see if they certify the exams, with three of the exam papers having been leaked, as delivering a credible outcome. 



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