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CXC confirms new policy that no extra sheets will be given in regional exams

Published:Wednesday | March 16, 2016 | 5:53 PM

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) says its plan to discontinue the practice of giving extra answer sheets to students sitting two of its exams will not place candidates at a disadvantage.

The change applies to the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

The council says it is aware that some people are concerned about the new policy.

However, it has sought to assure the public that it has a new booklet which has adequate space for students to write answers.

The council says the new booklets were used on five previous occasions and it did not receive any complaints that CSEC or CAPE candidates needed additional answer sheets.

According to CXC, it has done adequate research and is confident that the space provided in the new booklet is more than adequate for the expected responses.

The CXC says in an effort to ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged, the new answer booklets, also provide a general area, at the back of the booklet to facilitate candidates who write significantly more than is typical.

Meanwhile, a representative of the Ministry of Education says the government is also aware of concerns about the new policy and will be issuing an advisory to schools explaining how the issue regarding answer booklets is to be addressed.

The new policy regarding extra answer booklets will reportedly make CXC's electronic marking process easier as less papers will need to be scanned.