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“The head of department and a team of senior officials are gathering all necessary information and ensuring the safety of all other markers.”

The department of health offered rapid testing for markers at the Umfolozi TVET College.

“At first, only four markers volunteered to be tested. However, after a series of engagements with markers and unions, all 350 markers have agreed to be tested and the remaining group of nine will be tested on Thursday,” the department said.

On Tuesday premier Sihle Zikala visited the Umlazi Comtech marking centre.

“We were satisfied with the level of organisation, professionalism, security and cleanliness at the centre. It is our hope that this will be maintained until all the scripts are marked. It is worth noting that the Umlazi centre is the biggest in the province and it is encouraging when no challenges are reported from it,” the department said.

“We are also encouraged by the participation of the portfolio committee for education and unions in this exercise. We are happy to report that challenges that were pointed out by stakeholders were addressed timeously and with the greatest of care and in adherence with the Covid-19 protocols.

“The department is proceeding with monitoring all the marking centres until the last script is marked and until all results are captured.”