BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – FOLLOWING a video meeting, it was determined that the Caribbean Secondary Certificate Examination and the Caribbean Advance Proficiency Examination will be held in July this year.
The regional examinations, like many sport and cultural events, have been affected by the deadly Novel Coronavirus.
Last Friday (May 8), via an emergency meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD) on education, regional Ministers of Education, education officials from across CARICOM and other stakeholders made the decision for the July examinations.
In his presentation to the stakeholders, Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Dr. Wayne Wesley gave an overview of how the exams would be administered for the award of valid grades.
A CARICOM statement noted that Dr. Wesley indicated that preserving the integrity of the examinations involved: The administration of Paper 1 (Multiple Choice Assessment), School Based Assessment, and where applicable additional assessment components along with appropriate modelling accounting for historical data and teacher predicted information as important calibration/quality check.
With the exams set for the July, results are expected to be released by the first week in September, in time for those who are successful to present their grades to the universities.
Meanwhile, the COHSOD also agreed to have examinations administered via an e-Testing modality in countries that are equipped with the requisite infrastructure. But for those who do not, CXC candidates would be allowed to sit paper-based examinations.
“The CXC in collaboration with the UWI presented another proposal at the meeting in relation to requirements for CAPE applicants for 2020 admission. Their proposal to accept CAPE Unit 1 plus previous results to serve as matriculation to UWI for the next academic year was accepted by the Council.
“The Council adopted Public Health Guidelines for the reopening of schools, as proposed in the report from Executive Director of the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) Dr. Joy St. John.
“The report from CARPHA included initial guidance on the development of protocols for re-opening of schools in the response, recovery, and resilience phases of the crisis by the Education sector. She also spoke to the need for mental health considerations during a Public Health crisis. Dr. St. John reminded the COHSOD of the complexities of the education system in Member States and the challenges for social distancing,” the CARICOM statement said.