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TEMPORARY EXAM ASSISTANTS (EA). The Gauteng Department of Education (GDE) is seeking qualified candidates for temporary positions as Exam Assistants (EAs) and Exam Quality Assurers (EQAs) in the Nov/Dec 2023 National Senior Certificate (NSC) and AET Examinations at marking Centres and Capturing Points.

There is a need for 270 Exam Assistants and 1183 Quality Assurers across all Gauteng Education Districts. Interested individuals should apply through the GAUTENG EDUCATION’S EXAM ASSISTANTS e-RECRUITMENT SYSTEM. The package will be as per applicable Personnel Administrative Measures (PAM) rates.

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Requirements for these positions include an appropriate recognized academic qualification such as Senior Certificate, National Senior Certificate, or National Senior Certificate Vocational. Those eligible to apply are registered students at tertiary institutions, unemployed individuals with one or more tertiary qualifications, and unemployed graduates.


Applicants must have advanced numerical skills with Mathematics or Accounting as a compulsory subject, and second-year and above tertiary students will be given preference. Previous experience in examinations administration as an Examination Assistant (Marking Centre or Office based) should be indicated. The nature of the work requires individuals to be able to work under pressure due to the tight deadlines.

The process of archiving scripts after they have been marked is important. It is necessary to make sure that the correct number of scripts and marksheets are received, controlled, scanned, and packed for the right marking venue. Any discrepancies that arise in this process must be addressed for each batch, subject, paper, and examination session.


Each bag of scripts must contain two copies of the MP Flow control list of contents and be tagged with the correct marking venue color-coded label. A marking center file should be created for all scripts that will be dispatched to each of the marking venues.


The quality assurer at marking centers must receive, control, and distribute the scripts to marking teams, ensuring that the correct number of scripts and marksheet per batch is maintained during marking. They must also assist with controlling, distributing, and scanning scripts, and ensure that all questions are marked, marks added correctly, and transferred to the front cover of the script.

The total on each script must be correct and correctly transferred to the marksheet, and any discrepancies must be addressed by the marking teams and amendments made accordingly on both the script and marksheet.

The process of archiving indexed papers involves marking them numerically. However, those who are taking National Senior Certificate/Senior Certificate and AET Examinations in 2023, those who have completed the VSP, and those who are employed elsewhere are not eligible to apply and will not be considered. If you have any questions, you can contact Mr. Harry Culling at 010 601 8082

or ExamAssistants@gauteng.gov.za. The deadline for applications is September 15, 2023. To be considered, you must have completed matric or an equivalent NQF level 4 qualification. Additionally, you cannot be currently registered as a tertiary student and must have passed Mathematics/Mathematical Literacy and Accounting at matric or tertiary level.

You will also need to have experience as an Examination Assistant/Quality Assurer. People with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Please be aware that due to the high number of applications, we will only be acknowledging applications electronically.

If you do not receive a response by December 1, 2023, your application was not successful.

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