The Caribbean Examinations Council has proposed a revised examinations strategy to yield valid grades and minimize the disruption to the education system during the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the past two weeks, CXC has been monitoring regional developments and working with the various Education Ministries and tertiary institutions to arrive at a regional consensus for the May/June 2020 examinations.
It has since arrived at the following modified examination process:
- Administration of at least one common paper (Multiple Choice Assessments)
- School Based Assessments (SBAs) and Paper 032s (Alternative to SBA) for private candidates
- Award final grades based on the moderated SBAs and Multiple Choice Papers
The exceptions to the aforementioned process where candidates will be required to complete additional components include:
• Modern Languages (Spanish, French and Portuguese)
• Human and Social Biology
• Visual Arts
CXC says this strategy will employ the e-Testing modality (online and offline) in order to reduce the examinations administration processing time.
This will in turn ensure the shortest turn-around time for marking and the release of examination results.
It will also provide an opportunity for the timely presentation of grades to facilitate matriculation to higher education or to access employment.