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Students' council calls for leniency from CXC in Penwood CSEC bungling

Published:Saturday | August 27, 2016 | 9:26 AM
The ungraded marks were awarded to some 40 Penwood students after the school failed to electronically submit their school-based assessments because of a technical glitch.

The National Secondary Students’ Council is urging the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to reconsider its stance on the 40 students of the Penwood High School who received ‘ungraded’ results in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education certificate (CSEC) exams.

The ungraded marks were awarded after the school failed to electronically submit school-based assessments for students because of a technical glitch.

The CXC has said it’s unlikely it will review the grades, but said students may be allowed to re-sit the exams.

READ: CXC unlikely to reverse ungraded scores for Penwood students

However, the students’ council says while it understands the CXC’s protocol regarding the non-submission of SBAs, it believes the issue is unprecedented. 

 


The group says it is clear that the error was not entirely the fault of the school’s administration.

The National Secondary Students’ Council says the unfortunate situation limits the potential for students to matriculate to sixth form or other tertiary educational opportunities.


IN PHOTO: Education Minister Ruel Reid

The meantime, the council is commending the Minister of Education, Youth & Information, Ruel Reid, for his "swift" intervention in the matter.

It is is encouraging the ministry to implement measures to mitigate recurrences.