File photo: Custodians of the Felicity Hindu Primary School Nimala Roodal, right, and Oma Mootilal sanitise classrooms before the 2020 SEA examinations. AZPNews/Azlan Mohammed
By Sue-Ann Wayow
AN independent review team organised by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is expected to take on the task of reviewing the examination results complaints submitted to CXC.
This was stated by chairman of CXC Sir Hilary Beckles in a press release issued on Monday.
Beckles said, “It was anticipated that given these specific challenges, a period of review and possible revisions would follow, consistent with the regulations of the Council. It has been agreed, therefore, that an Independent Review Team will shortly begin this work and present a report for discussion with relevant stakeholders.”
Beckles added, “Each and every formally reported case will be reviewed and where remedies are required they will be applied.”
The complaints about the results of two major examinations overseen by CXC, the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) had been spread across the Caribbean with several regional Ministers of Education meeting with CXC to discuss the overwhelming number of grade issues.
Beckles said, “Concerns raised in the public domain with respect to the efficacy of procedures and systems used by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in its computation and declaration of student performance data are of great importance to the organisation. The Registrar, Dr Wayne Wesley, and his team have met with distinguished regional Ministers of Education in order to discuss these concerns and identify the underlying causes with a view to moving forward and providing clarity to our stakeholders and enhanced support.”
He said that CXC was satisfied that the various ministers have received explanations and there will be ongoing dialogue with all.
“It is understood that while there might be policy and technical issues to be addressed immediately, the maintenance of public trust going forward is paramount.”
The chairman of CXC also stated, “Management at CXC has been impressive in the delivery of the July 2020 regional examinations within the context of the Covid-19 logistics nightmare and crippling global doubt about revised examinations systems and procedures. I commend the team at CXC for their effort to serve the best they can – the people of our region.”