Cape Town - About 700 Western Cape teachers had applied to write competency tests to enhance the credibility of the National Senior Certificate Examinations, the province said on Wednesday.
“Over the last two weeks, potential markers have participated in the competency testing process set by examiners and moderators appointed by the education department,” said education MEC Donald Grant.
Competency tests in the provinces had been conducted for the last three years in designated subjects including English Home Language, Accounting, Business Studies, Geography, History, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Consumer Studies, Economics and Mathematical Literacy.
“The tests assesses the content knowledge of the applicant in a particular subject, their application of knowledge and skills and their marking abilities,” said Grant.
He said the department appointed about 3200 markers each year to mark the NSC scripts and that only the educators who knew the content of the subject and who were able to mark would be trained and appointed for the 2014 NSC marking process.
“Ultimately, we want to ensure there is the highest possible standard of marking in these examinations and that all our markers are both competent and experienced in their subject fields,” said Grant.
The Western Cape was the first province to conduct the competency tests.