Posted: Friday, March 5, 2021. 11:58 am CST.
By Aaron Humes: While schools are not expected to re-open for the current school year, students in the higher forms will not escape regional examinations the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), both administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
After a meeting of the Caribbean Ministers of Education met at the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), it has been announced that CSEC and CAPE will be administered between June 14 and July 16.
Explains Bahamas Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd, Chair of COHSOD: “CXC should administer the CAPE, CSEC, CCSLC (Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence) examinations in their original format, that is for CAPE and CSEC, papers 1, 2, and 3, and CCSLC, papers 1 and 2; that the examinations are best-scheduled during the period June to July 2021, with results being available to the Ministers of Education in the last week, September 21; that an extension should be given for the deadline in which students can make a determination to defer the sitting of the exam. All candidates will be required to indicate their intent for deferral by 1st May 2021 [and], that taking into consideration of the loss of learning experience that CXC should share with Ministries of Education, for communication to candidates the broad topics to be assessed on paper 2.”
More than 102 thousand candidates have signed up for CSEC and more than 27 thousand for CAPE but some countries are still registering candidates.
Meanwhile, Dr Nicole Manning, Director of Operations, CXC, reviewed the process of exam grade queries after an unprecedented number of students questioned last year’s results.
“CXC received a total of 21,450 requests for reviews, and to date, we would have completed – for CSEC over 91%, approximately 92% of those reviews. For CAPE, we would have completed over 93% of those reviews. In relation to reviews, we would have positive grade changes – let me just, first of all, say that we had no grade diminished on for any candidate who would have requested a review. Now in relation to the positive grade changes, for CAPE, of the 9,118 completed, we would have had 1.77% positive grade changes, and for CSEC, 0.54%. I want to add though, that given what we would have seen, and what would have been happening due to COVID-19, and CXC always gives consideration for issues of this kind, what we call hardship cases. And so, we would have had further borderline considerations, where we would have seen an 8.28% positive grade change for CAPE, and 9.38% CSEC,” was Dr Manning’s summary.
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