Posted: Wednesday, October 21, 2020. 9:14 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Throughout the Caribbean, students, educators, and respective Ministries of Education made formal requests to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to review the grades issued on CAPE and CSEC exams. This was after top academic performers publicly questioned the grades received on their exams.
The CXC had convened an independent review team including members of the Ministries of Education in different countries and seasoned educators.
At a press conference last week, Chairman of the Council, Hilary Beckles explained that given the structural change and assessments, there remains a measure of misunderstanding about the nature of the changes particularly within the school setting.
CXC’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Wayne Wesley said that the council has received 2353 review requests for CAPE and 2550 review requests for CSEC.
“And those are being processed as we speak, in the most efficient manner. I must say that right across the region – I will not be able to say to you, territory by territory, but right across the region, there would have been instances where ungraded would have been reported,” Wesley stated.
Beckles said that CXC is aware that are all keen to get off to their university of choice, and some of them are being held in abeyance.
“So, we certainly regret all of that, and we intend to get these reviews/remarks done very, very quickly, to allow certainty,” he added.
The exam was administered differently than previous years due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, to which, Beckles said that there was a more robust and comprehensive moderation of the School-Based Assessment (SBA).
“As a result of COVID – adjustments – we can understand how maybe this year, more than previous years, we can understand how the gap for many people between the predicted outcome and the actual could have been a greater concern to a larger number of people. We understand all of that, and I think the context can help to explain this. So, what the review, the urgency of it is meant to do is to give the student the opportunity, if they so desire, to say well, you know, I really thought my SBA was going to attract a higher grade, after moderation,” Beckles added.
The chairman further explained that the review process is a means to alleviate anxiety and bringing certainty to students.
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