The DBE has made headway in terms of preparing for the holistic administration of the National Senior Certificate (NSC) Examinations. According to the DBE, the marking process will commence on 4 January 2021 and conclude on 22 January 2021.
Director for National Assessment and Public Examinations, Ms Priscilla Ogunbanjo, announced that 45,809 markers of different categories would be involved in the marking of the 2020-combined examination, across 183 identified marking centres. “The DBE has developed specific protocols relating to the management of marking centres based on the COVID-19 Standard Operating Procedures. The Provincial Education Departments (PEDs) are currently finalising the appointment of markers. To address the challenge of marker shortages, PEDs embarked on an additional recruitment drive in subjects where there were shortages of marker applications. In addition, under normal circumstances, marking and the accompanying training extends over 10 to 12 days. Given the high number of candidate enrolments this year, marking processes will be concluded over 18 days. The extension of the marking period will reduce the quota of markers required,” explained Ms Ogunbanjo.
“The DBE has all systems in place to conduct the 150 virtual, as well as face-to-face marking standardisation meetings where possible. Face-to-face meetings will be the preferred option in the case of high enrolment subjects, but even in these subjects where there is a risk for certain participants, virtual standardisation meetings will be considered,” Ms Ogunbanjo added.
The standardisation of results by Umalusi will take place on 3 February 2021. Basic Education Minister, Mrs Angie Motshekga will release the NSC results on 22 February 2020.