Minister of Education Ronald Jones is urging disgruntled invigilators who have yet to be paid by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for work done since May, to hold strain a little longer and do not complain.
The minister said he was confident any delay in payment from the regional testing body would be rectified soon and that workers just needed to exercise a bit more patience.
In recent weeks Barbados TODAY has received calls from upset examiners, crying foul over being made to wait six months for the monies owed to them for invigilating during this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination.
“I was counting on that money to buy things for school but it never came. We have things to do like everybody else and people make plans for their money and when that money doesn’t come through, it upsets everybody. I have been invigilating exams for the last five years and this is the first time that they [CXC] ever take so long to pay us,” one invigilator who requested anonymity said.
Others said they were frustrated because their myriad calls to CXC had yielded little in terms of an expected time frame for their remuneration.
“I have people calling me regularly to vent because they are not getting any answers from CXC, but all I can do is listen because I don’t know the answers either. This is why we are coming to media because maybe they would now come and tell us something,” another person, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told Barbados TODAY.
However speaking to the media after a church service at Abundant Life Assembly in Bank Hall, St Michael this morning to mark the start of Education Month, Jones said he was aware of the situation, but saw no need for alarm as “CXC always pays it bills”.
“I am not CXC and I have never been CXC nor am I the local registrar. Suffice it to say that CXC pays its bills so this might merely be an oversight and it is something which I expect would be corrected. So I don’t see that there is a need for persons to complain because they will get their money. CXC cannot abscond. They are primarily located in Barbados and they [invigilators] need to go back to CXC, and I am sure that they would get what is theirs,” Jones contended.