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Mounting problems for Penwood

Published:Friday | September 9, 2016 | 12:00 AMJovan Johnson

Approximately 40 students of Penwood High School in St Andrew will have to wait a while longer to know whether they will get grades in six subjects they sat in this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.

The school did not meet a July 31 deadline to submit to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) samples of school-based assessments (SBAs), which the CXC uses, along with written papers, to grade students in certain subjects.

Jamaica appealed to the CXC after The Gleaner reported the issue and the CXC later accepted the samples.

Yesterday, when it was expected that the results would have been released, the CXC notified the school that it did not qualify for the hardship consideration.

Principal Donna McLaren said the school has also been asked to submit more samples.

Those are to be submitted to the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) by Tuesday.

However, McLaren said the samples, which have already been prepared, would be sent to the OEC on Monday.

Jamaica's education minister, Ruel Reid, had said that depending on the CXC's stance, he would perhaps increase advocacy for the grades.

A breakdown in communication between Penwood High and the OEC, which administers overseas exams here for the Government, contributed to the missed deadline.

The school's exam coordinator also did not do like other schools that encountered problems using the CXC online submission portal did and submit physical copies.