Pressure on CXC to push back exams

As the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) holds firm in its decision to execute May/June examinations from next week, more pressure is being placed on it to push them back.

The Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT), Caribbean Coalition for Exam Redress, Barbados National Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (BNCPTA) and Minister of Education in Jamaica Fayval Williams have called on the regional body to be flexible and postpone Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) tests as students were “ill-prepared”.

According to the Jamaica Information Service, Williams even called for an urgent meeting with the chairwoman of CARICOM’s Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), who is Barbados’ Minister of Education Kay McConney.

The request came after Jamaica’s National Secondary Students’ Council conducted a survey between February 23 and March 8 which revealed that out of the 2 812 students surveyed, 1 754 said they needed additional time to prepare for the exams. (TG)

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