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9 matric exam markers in North West test positive for COVID-19

The provincial Education Department said nine marking staff and two departmental officials had been infected since the marking process for the matric exams started earlier this month.

FILE: Matric 2020 exam paper markers. Picture: Department of Basic Education.

JOHANNESBURG - The North West Department of Education has confirmed that a number of matric exam markers have tested positive for COVID-19.

It said on Tuesday that nine marking staff and two departmental officials had been infected since the marking process for the matric exams started earlier this month.

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The markers are now in self-quarantine and the facilities, which were used by these markers, have been de-contaminated.

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The department's spokesperson Elias Malindi said: “In our department, health and safety of employees is the number one priority and we will ensure that the COVID-19 regulations are followed to the letter until marking has been completed.”

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