Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020. 8:22 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is to go ahead with a delayed and modified process for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) examinations.
The exams would take place in July and employ e-testing (online and offline) to reduce the administrative processing time resulting in the shortest turn-around time for marking and the release of examination results.
Also, it will provide an opportunity for the timely presentation of grades to facilitate matriculation to higher education or to access employment and minimize disruption to the 2020/2021 academic year.
However, CXC says it will be guided by national protocols across the region. Several Caribbean countries have closed schools as they seek to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
The Council proposes to administer one common paper multiple-choice assessment for the subjects it tests and School-Based Assessments (SBAs) and Paper 032s (Alternative to SBA) for private candidates (in-school candidates would have already submitted and been graded on the latter). Final grades would be awarded based on the moderated SBAs and multiple-choice papers.
The following subjects would require additional unnamed components for grades: Modern Languages (Spanish, French, and Portuguese); Human and Social Biology; and Visual Arts.
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