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Jamaica prepared to review position with CXC over Penwood saga

Published:Wednesday | September 14, 2016 | 1:09 PM

Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid says Jamaica is prepared to review its relationship with the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) if there is no favourable resolution for the 40 students of Penwood High School who received ungraded marks in six subjects due to a foul-up by the institution’s administrators.

Senator Reid, who also has portfolio responsibility for the Education Ministry, says Jamaica believes that the students should not be penalised because of the action of teachers.

Responding to questions at this morning’s post-Cabinet press briefing, he told journalists that a meeting has been scheduled for Monday with CXC officials where Jamaica will press its case on the matter.


Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid

The students received ungraded scores in six subjects in the May/June sitting after the school failed to meet a July 31 deadline to submit to the CXC, samples of their SBAs, which the CXC uses, along with written papers, to award grades.

Jamaica appealed to the CXC after The Gleaner reported the issue.

The Council later accepted the samples.

Despite accepting the samples, however, CXC says the school does not meet its criteria for hardship.

Instead, the school has been asked to submit more SBA samples.

This morning, Senator Reid said the samples have been submitted.

In a statement yesterday, CXC stated that it has decided to allow schools which missed the deadline to submit SBAs in the interest of natural justice and fairness are upheld and after appeals made by some ministries of education.