Thursday 9 July, 2020

CXC announces strategy for May/June exams

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has proposed a revised examinations strategy for the administration of May/June 2020 examinations in light of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the education sector.

Over the past two weeks, the CXC has been monitoring developments across the CARICOM region and working closely with representatives from the Ministries of Education and tertiary institutions to arrive at a regional consensus on how the exams should be administered.

Following those meetings, it was determined that this year’s examinations will be administered via the e-Testing modality (online and offline) in order to reduce the examinations administration processing time, thus shortening the turn-around time for marking and releasing of examination results.

The Council has decided on 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.

However, there are exceptions in Modern Languages (Spanish, French and Portuguese), Human and Social Biology and Visual Arts, where candidates will be required to complete additional components.

The CXC said the revised examinations strategy will also provide an opportunity for the timely presentation of grades to facilitate matriculation to higher education or to access employment. 

Further, it minimises disruption to the 2020/2021 academic year.  

The Council said while the proposed revised administration schedule for the May/June 2020 examinations is July 2020, it will continue to be guided by national protocols across the region.  

Students and teachers are urged to make use of the CXC Learning Hub – an e-Learning platform which provides learners and instructors with a single access point to multiple resources geared towards exam preparation. The e-learning platform is available at: learninghub.cxc.org.

The Council added that it will continue to monitor the emerging situation as it relates to the virus pandemic, but assured that its first priority is the health and well-being of all its stakeholders.

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