One of the key processes in the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examination is the organisation and marking of candidates’ scripts after the writing of the examination. Marking reliability is essential to ensure that markers’ application of the nationally agreed marking guidelines is accurate, consistent and fair to all candidates in a high stakes public examination such as the NSC.
The outcomes of this examination are used by candidates to gain entry to higher learning or to access other training or employment opportunities. The NSC outcomes are also used as indicators of teachers’ and schools’ performance at provincial and national levels, as well as to monitor examination standards over time.
Given the high importance of marking the learners’ scripts, the Director-General, Mr Hubert Mathanzima Mweli, began his monitoring of Marking Centres throughout the country. The main purpose of the visits are to affirm the hard work of the officials and teachers at marking centres and to learn from his engagement with the relevant officials and teachers who are involved in the marking process to strengthen future marking processes.