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Marking rewarding

The Northern Cape Department of Educa­tion has reached the final hurdle of the 2018 National Senior Certificate (NSC) examination.

A total of 982 markers converged in Kimberley from 1 to 12 December., where the standard of marking will once again be raised to a higher level.

In this time, the Northern Cape will host43 subjects, 73 question papers and 173 873 scripts had to be marked.

From the start of the year, various matric intervention programmes were embarked on to support the class of 2018.

Teachers have worked hard and have applied all possible efforts to raise the bar and to improve the results and quality of pasess in the Northern Cape.

Geoffrey van der Merwe, spokesperson for the department, said the marking of candidates’ scripts is one of the most challenging – but rewarding – exercises.

The NSC marking system demands intense and prolonged concentration, coupled with validity, reliability, consistency and accuracy, Van der Merwe said.

“Besides producing a mark, the outcome of the marking of each candidate must be a reflection of the extent to which the knowledge, skills and other competencies have been demonstrated.

“It is critical to the integrity and credibility of the NSC examination that the marking is conducted with the necessary professionalism, care and dedication. The most important aspect of good and accurate marking is the markers’ familiarisation with the marking guidelines.”

In the NSC examination, familiarisation includes the ability to apply the marking guidelines in order to make judgements on how well the candidate has responded to questions. Marking officials, as well as administrators, are expected to maintain a high level of efficiency and accuracy, as the outcome of this examination is used by candidates to obtain entry to tertiary education institutions or to access other training or employment opportunities.

“The outcome of the NSC examinations also serves as a barometer and is used as an indicator of the teachers’ and schools’ performance at provincial and national levels,” Van der Merwe said.

Martha Bartlett, the MEC for Education, said in her address at the opening of the centre, marking is considered as one stage in an integrated, collaborative process of teaching and learning, requiring the aware­ness of the teacher’s dual role as a coach and assessor.

“It also requires the marker to understand fully the context of the learners. It is in this context that we called upon markers, as intellectuals, to maintain the morality and ethics of the teaching profession with this big task at hand,” Bartlett said.

It is the markers’ responsibility to ensure that the marking process is credible and will reflect the candidates’ achievement.

“We wish the Markers all of the best with the important responsibility bestowed upon each and every one of them.”

The Northern Cape will release the provincial results on 4 January, which will be followed by the Provincial Matric Awards to acknowledge the top learners in the province.

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