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Nursing Council says it did not change exam pass mark

Published:Friday | December 12, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Chad Bryan, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

A high ranking official at the Nursing Council of Jamaica has responded to claims made by nursing students who say their exam pass mark has been arbitrarily increased.




Students sitting the Regional Examination for Nurse Registration were told throughout their academic year, that the pass mark for the licensing exam was 60 per cent even up to the day of the exam.



However, when the students got their results, the pass mark was raised to 66 per cent without any notification from the Council.



According to the official, the pass mark would have to have been changed by the Nursing Council of Jamaica.



However, she says no such change was made by the council.



She says prior to this year's sitting the examination had a different model, which required students to answer essay type questions in addition to multiple choice.



This was changed to a full multiple choice examination this year.



The official says the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) was contracted to mark the exams because of the machinery they have.



It is understood that the matter will be addressed at an upcoming meeting with the Nursing council of Jamaica and officials from CXC.



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