The Ministry of Education has received requests from 1 643 students to defer sitting this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), while there have been 130 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) deferrals.
Deputy Chief Education Officer and Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Local Registrar Dr Roderick Rudder told a news conference today that for the first time in its history, CXC has given students who believe they are not ready for the examinations, due to instructional loss over the course of the academic year, the option of deferring writing the examinations until 2022.
He said the Ministry of Education has taken an affirmative approach with regards to the development of a strategy to assist those students.
“Details regarding the rollout of the learning support mechanism for students who have deferred will be provided to principals and students and parents across the island in the coming days,” Dr Rudder said.
“Nevertheless, the Ministry will be providing as much support to these students as could be possibly presented to ensure that they are in no way disadvantaged going forward in their preparations for the January 2022 and June 2022 examinations.”
He also indicated that the Ministry was well advanced in preparing for the administration of this year’s CSEC and CAPE examinations which will be held from June 28 to August 6.
Additionally, Dr Rudder noted, the Ministry has been able to take advantage of the opportunity presented by CXC to offer students the opportunity to do their Paper 1 [multiple choice paper] using the E-Testing platform this year.
He said after several meetings with principals and teachers unions, in addition to conducting a survey among students, the Ministry decided that the use of the E-testing platform should be an option for students to ensure they are able to complete their examinations and get their results back in as timely a manner as possible.
“And, finally, I must say that in relation to the requests for reviews in relation to the 2020 examination results, at the CSEC level we are approximately at 98 per cent completion of the return of the results of the reviews.
“At this stage, there are approximately 44 candidates who are awaiting the results of their requests for reviews at the CSEC level, and only about seven candidates at the CAPE level to have their results returned.
“We are working closely with the Caribbean Examinations Council and the schools to ensure that we are able to resolve all the requests for reviews that have been submitted to the Caribbean Examinations Council,” Dr Rudder added.