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gautengThe Citizen reports that Gauteng’s education department has still not appointed markers for this year’s matric exam papers, with unions expressing their worry about the delay because thousands of pupils have already started writing the exams.  

This comes as education MEC Panyaza Lesufi revealed his department was experiencing major financial constraints, which might result in some pupils not being placed in school next year.  The SA Democratic Teachers’ Union (Sadtu) said it had expressed its concern to the department that none of the allocated markers had been issued with appointment letters, due to be released this week.  In January, the department had had to apologise to thousands of markers after it failed to pay them timeously following the 2016 matric exams, apparently because of a financial shortfall at that time.  Sadtu Gauteng spokesperson Tshediso Ledimo commented:  “We discussed it in June and agreed that markers will be paid in full by the end of this year.  Their claims would be processed and paid as soon as possible.  So we are not anticipating that same problem this year.”

  • Read this report by Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni in full at The Citizen

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