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Marking of matric exam scripts 'progressing well'

The department has for the first time implemented a centralised marking system for minor subjects.

FILE: Basic Education says it hopes to conclude the process of marking 7 million scripts within two weeks. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Basic Education Department says the marking of seven million matric exam scripts is progressing well and it hopes to conclude the process within two weeks.

Around 41,000 markers started their work on Sunday at 118 venues around the country.

Almost 690,000 matriculants from public schools sat for their National Senior Certificate exams this year.

The department has for the first time implemented a centralised marking system for minor subjects.

This means a province allocated a specific subject would take full responsibility for the marking, which would include the appointment of markers and an internal moderator.

The department says central marking of dance studies and agricultural technology will serve as a springboard to experiment with other subjects at a later stage.

The department's Elijah Mhlanga says the marking of scripts should be concluded by 16 December.

"We hope that by the 16th they'll be done with the process."

Public school matriculants will know how they fared on 6 January while results from Independent Examinations Board (IEB) candidates will be released at the end of this month.