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CAPE exam timetabling horror

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2012 | 12:00 AM


What is it that the students sitting CAPE pure mathematics and physics have done to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)? Why treat them with such grave disregard?

It is a heartless move by CXC to have the students sitting pure mathematics and physics to write both examinations on Thursday, May 10, with physics Paper Two in the morning session and pure mathematics Paper Two in the evening session.

I am sure that CXC is aware of the nature of these subjects and their challenges, but it seems as if the exam body couldn't care less, displaying a take-it-or-leave-it attitude.

Heartbreaking arrangement

Most of the students who do pure mathematics do physics, and it will be heartbreaking for them when reality strikes and they will have to wrestle with Mr Physics and his intricate comrade, Madam Pure Mathematics. Not a good equation.

I sympathise with the hundreds of students who will have to sit these exams under these conditions. What can we do, though? Nothing, but try to prepare as best as possible for these bumpy rides set to take place on May 10.

It is a matter CXC needs to look into and make an appropriate adjustment to the timetable so that candidates next year will not have to experience such horror.