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Posted: Thursday, May 27, 2021. 10:07 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) says it will go ahead and administer the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCLSC) Examinations in their original and usual formats, but two weeks later than scheduled.

Exams will now start on Monday, June 28 and run to July 30, with the release of results scheduled for the end of September into early October.

In a statement CXC says the decision follows engagement with regional governments and other key stakeholders and an internal meeting held on Tuesday.

School based assessments (SBA) will be accepted up to June 30, 2021 for both CSEC and CAPE exams.

The Council says CXC has already made concessions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and will make further consideration during the grading process, to account for the likely psychosocial impact on students’ performance, to further ensure that they are not disenfranchised.

CXC reduced SBA requirements by half for some subjects and has already delayed the exam and SBA submissions by a full month and a half. CXC released the Broad Topics on Monday, 10 May 2021 and territories have submitted queries, to which CXC has been responding. In this regard, a review is currently underway. Candidates have the option to defer some or all of their Examinations to either January or June 2022. CXC has further extended candidates’ opportunity to indicate their intent for deferral to 31 May 2021. For the first time, CXC will accept SBAs in January 2022 for candidates deferring to sit examinations for subjects offered in that period.

In the case of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, still affected by the eruption of Soufriere volcano earlier this year, CXC says it continues to work with that nation’s Ministry of Education to ensure students there are not disenfranchised.

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