Markers are left dry at matric exams centres

Sne Masuku

Sne Masuku

Its all systems go for the marking of Grade 12 examinations in KwaZulu-Natal for 152341 candidates, who were the first group to write the National Senior Certificate this year.

Matric examinations ended on Wednesday and the marking of scripts has started at 39 marking centres in the province.

The marking process will end on December 10, provincial education department spokesman Mbali Thusi said yesterday.

However, teachers who are deployed at the province's two major marking centres at Masibumbane High School in Ulundi and Vryheid Comprehensive School said there had been no water since they arrived at the centres on Wednesday.

"We have not even had a bath since we arrived, we have no idea when the water supply will be back," said one of the teachers.

But Thusi said they had not received any complaints on the lack of water at any of their marking centres. The issue of water should be addressed with the local municipality.

"We don't send teachers to centres knowing that there is no water, and if these centres have water problems the municipalities should sort it out as soon as possible," said Thusi.

There are 11200 markers, who include chief markers, deputy chief markers and senior markers.

Matric results will be announced on December 30.

The national Department of Education earlier this year said to prevent suicides, results would first be sent to schools before being published.