The DBE is set to host a press conference to provide an update on the marking of the final matric exams, after conducting marking room inspections in recent weeks.
The Department of Basic Education’s (DBE) Director-General, Hubert Mathanzima Mweli took to Twitter on Tuesday, 19 January 2021, to announce the department’s upcoming press conference. Mweli confirmed that the briefing will provide an update on the marking of the 2020 final matric exams.
For the past two weeks, teachers that were appointed to mark the final matric exams have been in the spotlight. This is partly because of the continued reports of COVID-19 contaminations, untimely passing of teachers, and some teachers dropping out due to fears of contamination. Moreover, the DBE has been conducting nationwide inspections of the facilities to ensure the safety of the teachers.
In one of his latest posts, Mweli suggested that the marking was going well. He stated, “Forty-five thousand markers (thanks to you), 14 million scripts (size of the work), 131 marking centres (the venues). Progress: 79% of the work is done. Marking centres starting to pack up. Four days to go to the end.”
The press conference is set to take place on Wednesday, 20 January 2021, at 11:00, and will be streamed on the DBE’s social media platforms.
See the post below.
Following my visits to all 181 marking centres, I will brief media tomorrow, at 11:00, on the status of the marking process of National Senior Certificate exam scripts and the way forward.@DBE_SA @ElijahMhlanga @ReginahMhaule
— Hubert Mathanzima Mweli (@HubertMweli) January 19, 2021