Online CXC exams coming
Jamaican students sitting Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) subjects will soon be required to do aspects of their examinations online.
This forms part of the CXC Learning Hub, which was launched during a press conference at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Thursday.
Through the hub, students will have increased access to CXC material as well as resources produced by the examination body’s external partners.
Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid, in welcoming the move by CXC, said that with the advancement of technology it is only fitting for Jamaica’s education system to start testing the use of online examinations for students exiting the secondary level.
Reid said the plan to use audiovisuals, videos and animations in multiple-choice testing will provide a particularly attractive option for boys and will help them perform better in external examinations.
He hailed the hub as an exciting development.
“With a growing emphasis on incorporating information and communications technology (ICT) into the teaching/learning process, easier access to resources in multiple formats, such as audio, video, animation, text, images, hyperlinks, e-books and links to CXC social media platforms, should prove very attractive and useful to current students and teachers alike, and particularly boys,” he said.
CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch said the exam body is utilising e-testing in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) where students’ physical records were destroyed during hurricane Irma.
“This year, [BVI] has decided to do all of their examinations – Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), [and] Caribbean Certificate of Secondary-Level Competence (CCSLC) online, both paper ones and paper twos,” he said.
He noted that the students have already sat mathematics and English and according to him “they went through without any major challenges”.
Cumberbatch said that e-testing makes grading easier and enables saving examination papers in a database, which will ensure that they are preserved during natural disasters.