CEO of Caribbean Examinations Council Dr Wayne Wesley. (Picture by Gercine Carter.)
The Caribbean Examinations Council has proposed a “revised examinations strategy to yield valid grades and minimise the disruption to the education system” as a response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a press release, CXC said the policy decision was made to offer a modified examination process as follows:
1. Administration of at least one common paper (Multiple Choice Assessments);
2. School Based Assessments (SBAs) and Paper 032s (Alternative to SBA) for private candidates; and,
3. Award final grades based on the moderated SBAs and Multiple Choice Papers.
The following are exceptions to the aforementioned process where candidates will be required to complete additional components:
- Modern Languages (Spanish, French and Portuguese)
- Human and Social Biology
- Visual Arts – This strategy will employ e-Testing (online and offline) in order to reduce the examinations administration processing time. This should result in the shortest turn-around time for marking and the release of examination results. In addition, it will provide an opportunity for the timely presentation of grades to facilitate matriculation to higher education or to access employment. This also minimises disruption to the 2020/2021 academic year.
“While the proposed revised administration schedule for the May/June 2020 examinations is July 2020, we continue to be guided by national protocols across the region,” the stated added.
CXC encouraged students and teachers to utilise the CXC Learning Hub.
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