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MBABANE – Marking of the Junior Certificate and Eswatini Primary Certificate examinations has started smoothly although the markers are again complaining of not having received their food allowances.


Just like it was about three weeks ago, the new batch of markers, who are mostly teachers, have said the allowances of E88 per day have not been received.
Those who were paid were those entrusted with marking the Eswatini General Certificate in Secondary Education (EGSGCE), popularly known as Form V.
“We do not know why the money has not been deposited because the marking schedule was long fixed,” said one of the makers.


She said they understood that maybe the Examinations Council of Eswatini (ECESWA) wanted to make sure of the number of markers who had turned up, but said in future the council needed to make a better plan.  


Annually, ECESWA calls upon teachers to register for marking the external examinations and in turn the educators get an extra income.
The markers said they were however, hopeful that the payments would start trickling in today because an officer from ECESWA had been to the marking centre.


The marking takes place in Manzini and one of the centres is Manzini Central High School while others are at the Caritas Centre.
ECESWA Registrar Dr Edmund Mazibuko confirmed that the marking of the Grade VII and Form III examinations had started.


Position


However, he was not in a position to state how many markers there were, stating that they were still going to verify the figures and should have them ready by today.    
For some, depending on the grades they are marking, the process is expected to take about two weeks. 
The marking can start as early as 5am according to some of the teachers and it would go on late into the night.


“This is why we need the money as soon as possible because we just do not have it,” said a marker, who spoke on condition of anonymity in fear of being victimised. 


The short message service which was sent to the markers over three weeks ago read: “This is a reminder to 2019 markers that food allowances of E88 per day will be paid instead of food provision during marking. This will be paid in advance during marking. Please provide banking details on first day of marking.”


Breakfast


In the past, the markers were provided with breakfast, which included bread rolls, tea, water and fruit. They were also served with lunch usually from different providers.    


Some of the markers are housed at Caritas, hostels like Mjingo High School and St Michael’s High School while others are squatting with relatives.   
The markers said some of their bank details were only taken on Monday.
  

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