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CXC joins Jamaica in reviewing exam protocols

Published:Monday | September 5, 2016 | 9:42 AM

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is reviewing its examination administration protocols amid foul-ups involving two local schools that left more than 60 students without their grades for the May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.

Permanent secretary in the education ministry, Dr Maurice Smith, says CXC  committed to a process of review following a meeting on Friday involving the head of the organisation, Glenroy Cumberbatch. 

Smith did not give a timeline for the completion of the reviews.

However, he has previously indicated that any review has to be speedily done so implementation can be carried out early in the school year which begins today.

Already, the education minister, Ruel Reid, has announced that a computer system will be implemented this school year to monitor CXC's deadlines and schools' compliance.

A Gleaner story on August 25 brought to light the situation of almost 40 students of Penwood High in St Andrew who received ungraded scores in six CSEC subjects because samples of their school-based assessments were not submitted by a July 31 deadline.

The ministry, which learnt of the situation through the newspaper report, ordered an investigation which has so far highlighted a communication breakdown between the school and the Overseas Examination Commission (OEC).

The students are expected to  their grades later this week.