Urgent meeting called between Reid and CXC head as door shuts on Penwood students
An urgent meeting has reportedly been scheduled for today between Jamaica's education minister, Ruel Reid, and Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), as the road for about 40 Penwood High students getting grades in six subjects gets more difficult.
The meeting, which education ministry officials scrambled to organise over the weekend, followed confirmation from Penwood on Friday that the CXC did not award the grades as expected and instead said the school did not qualify for a 'hardship' consideration.
The school did not meet a July 31 deadline to submit to the CXC samples of school-based assessments (SBAs), which the CXC uses, along with written papers, to award grades.
IN PHOTO: Professor Sir Hilary Beckles
Jamaica appealed to the CXC after The Gleaner reported the issue and the CXC later accepted the samples.
"The meeting is being handled at the highest level with the utmost urgency. We understand that the students' lives are on hold, and that is not something to be taken lightly," Sheryl Bromfield, public relations and communications officer in the ministry, told The Gleaner last night.
Meanwhile, Penwood's principal, Donna McLaren, said more SBA samples requested by the Barbados-based institution are to be submitted to the CXC through Jamaica's Overseas Examinations Commission.
Having turned down the appeal to issue the grades based on hardship, CXC's approach is now not clear and questions submitted by The Gleaner following last week's developments have not been answered.