News clipping - The Mercury – 13 October 2011

“Matric markers ready to begin”

Several measures had been put in place to ensure quality would be maintained when matric exam scripts were marked, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department said yesterday.

The National Professional Teachers Organisation of SA and the provincial branch of the Governing Body Foundation recently called for matric script markers to undergo competency tests to ensure quality.

Speaking at a media briefing yesterday, KZN education superintendent-general Nkosinathi Sibisi said that to ensure marking was up to scratch, teachers would only be appointed to mark scripts for subjects they taught.

“For every five markers, a senior marker must be a marker in the subject. We have further appointed a deputy chief marker who will be in charge of every five senior markers. That is another layer of quality we have added,” he said.

Sishi said experienced subject advisers would be appointed to supervise every five deputy chief markers and each subject would have a chief marker. Education MEC Senzo Mchunu said the department was ready to conduct the 2011 matric exams and had set its sights on improving on last year’s 70.7 percent pass rate.

Matric exams start on Monday and end on December 1. A total of 127 044 full-time candidates would sit for the exams along with 23342 part-time pupils. Mchunu said KZN’s 29 marking centres would be staffed by over 9000 markers. Marking would start on December 6 and end on December 15 and the results would be released on January 5.

Meanwhile, the Basic Education Department announced yesterday that it had extended the deadline for newspapers to apply for accreditation to publish the matric results to October 26.

By: Sinegugu Ndlovu