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CXC establishes independent review team amid exam concerns

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 3:52 PM
Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)

Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, has indicated that an independent review team will shortly begin work on addressing concerns raised about the administration of regional exams and the grades issued to students.

A report will be produced for discussion with relevant stakeholders.

Hundreds of students have decried what they deemed ‘unacceptable’ results in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).

READ: CXC unmoved by flood of criticisms about alleged flawed test results

They have raised concerns about anomalies with some grades issued by CXC.

Preliminary CSEC and CAPE results were released last week.

Beckles, in a statement today, stated that CXC registrar, Dr Wayne Wesley, and his team met with regional Ministers of Education in order to discuss the concerns and identify the underlying causes with a view to moving forward and providing clarity.

“It is understood that while there might be policy and technical issues to be addressed immediately, the maintenance of public trust going forward is paramount. There will be ongoing dialogue with regional Ministries of Education based upon the official gathering of data relevant to all ventilated concerns,” he said.

Beckles said every formally reported case will be reviewed and where remedies are required, they will be applied.

He stated the management at CXC has been impressive in the delivery of the July 2020 regional examinations within the context of the COVID-19 logistics nightmare, and crippling global doubt about revised examinations systems and procedures.

Nonetheless, he said it was anticipated that given these specific challenges a period of review and possible revisions would follow, consistent with the regulations of the council.

It was, therefore, agreed that an independent review team will be established.

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