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Concerns raised that CXC won't grant extra paper during exams, Council to address reports

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 10:05 AM

The Caribbean Examination council (CXC) is expected to address concerns that students sitting regional exams will not be given extra paper to write answers as the council refines its use of the Electronic Marking or E-Marking system that it implemented last year.

According to reports, the refusal to grant students extra paper will reduce the number of papers that have to be scanned when using the E Marking system and will apply to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams as well as the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

Norman Allen, the president of the Jamaica Teachers' Association JTA says he is unaware of such a move by CXC.

However, he says if the reports are true, the JTA would never support it.


Allen says students should be given all opportunities to express themselves in exams offered by CXC especially since the exams are costly.


JTA president Norman Allen

In 2014, CXC announced that it had plans to mark all CSEC and CAPE examination papers electronically.

However, the following year when the E-marking system was implemented several markers who signed up opted out due to technical difficulties with the system.

CXC explained that the technical challenges encountered were instances of inadequate bandwidth and unstable Internet speed in some of the territories.

CXC also reported that it recruited 25 per cent more markers than the required number to facilitate the E-marking system last year.

Meanwhile, when contacted, the CXC's spokesman, Cleveland Sam, informed The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre that the council is aware of the concerns and is preparing to release a statement today to address the concerns.