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education90TimesLIVE reports that the Department of Basic Education (DBE) has extended the marking of grade 12 exam papers due to a shortage of markers after some withdrew or declined to work, in many cases because of Covid-19.  

This was revealed by an education official during a media briefing on Monday.  The marking will extend for 18 days, as opposed to 12 to 14 days in previous years.  Marking started on 4 January and is expected to be completed on 22 January.  “To date 2,703 of 46,024 markers withdrew,” Priscilla Ogunbanjo, director for examinations at the DBE, advised.  She said one marker in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, reported for duty at a marking centre while feeling sick and later died of Covid-19 complications.  Another marker has since contracted the coronavirus at the centre.  Of those who tested positive, 238 markers contracted the coronavirus after reporting for duty.  Ogunbanjo said the department had replaced the infected markers, decontaminated the affected centres and followed all other safety protocols.  In the Eastern Cape, all the markers were subjected to Covid-19 tests.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Nonkululeko Njilo at TimesLIVE

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