Tom Stokes, MPP DA KZN Spokesperson on Education The Democratic Alliance calls on KZN Education officials to fast-track the implementation of a programme designed to assess the competency of markers in the province. The programme was recently announced by National Education Minister, Angie Motshekga, and is currently being roll-out in two other provinces. The question is – what is KZN waiting for? Incompetent markers can mean the difference between success and failure for learners in our province. The DA realises that the issue of markers is plagued by problems including claims of poor pay and reluctance from educators – fuelled by teacher unions such as Sadtu – to undergo competency assessments. We congratulate the Minister for acknowledging the extent of the problem and the incredibly detrimental effect it has on learners and call on KZN Education MEC, Senzo Mchunu, to begin the programme without delay. Learners in our province must not be compromised by inept markers.