CentralSA#CoronavirusFS: Eight markers positive
─── KATLEHO MORAPELA 05:26 Mon, 18 Jan 2021
Eight matric exam markers in the Free State have tested positive for Covid-19.
The provincial Education Department confirms as of January 15 the province had recorded eight positive cases at different marking centres. These include two markers at the Ficksburg High School and one marker at Oranje Meisieskool, Brent Park High School, Rosenhoff High School, Brebner High School, Landboudal School and another at HTS Louis Botha School. The departmental spokesperson, Howard Ndaba, says these markers have since been released from the marking centres and are currently in self-quarantine.
"Marking rooms where these markers were working, were decontaminated. In some instances markers were taken to another venue, where possible".
He says the department is confident marking will be completed on January 21 as scheduled.
Meanwhile, OFM News has reported that Free State Premier, Sisi Ntombela, together with Moqhaka Mayor, Mpho Chakane, are on Monday expected to visit marking centres to monitor compliance with Covid-19 regulations.
Spokesperson to the Premier, Sello Pietersen, said the two will visit the Kroonstad High School Marking Centre and Brent Park High School Marking Centre to monitor compliance with Covid-19 regulations after a Civil Technology Marker at the Brent Park High School Marking Centre became one of the markers who tested positive for the virus.
He confirms the province has 2 138 markers, 442 examination assistants, 23 centre managers, 23 deputy centre managers and 32 administration support staffers.
Pietersen and Ndaba have both highlighted that compliance with Covid-19 regulations is mandatory and confirm all centres have been provided with PPE.