Friday 10 April, 2020

CXC adjusts examinations schedule due to COVID-19

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has announced that it will be modifying its May/June examinations schedule in light of the disruption to the region’s education system as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Council, in a statement on Thursday, said the modified examination process will result in the following:

1). The administration of at least one common paper (Multiple Choice Assessments);

2). School Based Assessments (SBAs) and Paper 032s (Alternative to SBA) for private candidates;

3). Award final grades based on the moderated SBAs and Multiple Choice Papers.
 

CXC said the following will be 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 

The regional examinations body said this strategy will employ the e-Testing modality (online and offline) in order to reduce the examinations administration processing time resulting 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,” CXC said. It noted that while the proposed revised administration schedule for the May/June 2020 examinations is July 2020, it continues to be guided by national protocols across the region. 

According to CXC, the revised examinations strategy will “yield valid grades and minimize the disruption to the education system during these unprecedented times”.

In the meantime, students and teachers are encouraged to utilise the CXC Learning Hub. The e-Learning platform provides learners and instructors with a single access point to multiple resources, geared towards exam preparation. It is available at: learninghub.cxc.org.

CXC said that while it continues to monitor the emerging situation, “our first priority is the health and well-being of all our stakeholders”.

The Council said it stands in solidarity with the region and the international community “as we grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on our way of life”.

It said it recognises the impact of COVID-19 on the education system in general and, more specifically, on the schedule of CXC’s regional examinations.

Thousands of children are out of school across the region as various governments have implemented measures to mitigate against the spread of the respiratory disease that has sent shockwaves across the world.

More than 525,000 people have been infected with the virus which first emerged in Wuhan, China at the end of 2019. It has killed more than 23,000.

Jamaica has confirmed 26 cases and one death.

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