The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will be conducting a period of review into grades it issued with respect to the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination ( CAPE) tests. Making this announcement today was Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, the Chairman of CXC.
“Given these specific challenges, a period of review and possible revisions would follow, consistent with the regulations of the Council. It has been agreed, therefore, that an Independent Review Team will shortly begin this work and present a report for discussion with relevant stakeholders,” the Chair said via a statement.
The announcement comes days after CXC Registrar, Dr Wayne Wesley ruled out the possibility of a review; noting that the internal system checks revealed no glitches or anything to suggest that the results were botched.
Thousands of students last week expressed disappointment in their grades, which led to a unified call for a review.
Professor Beckles said that these concerns are of great importance to the organisation.
The Registrar, Dr Wayne Wesley, and his team have already met with regional Ministers of Education in order to discuss these concerns and identify the underlying causes with a view to moving forward and providing clarity to stakeholders and enhanced support, the Chairperson said.
The official said that the Council is satisfied that Ministers have received explanations for its positions in light of the public discourse. It is understood that while there might be policy and technical issues to be addressed immediately, the maintenance of public trust going forward is paramount.
“There will be ongoing dialogue with regional Ministries of Education based upon the official gathering of data relevant to all ventilated concerns. Each and every formally reported case will be reviewed and where remedies are required they will be applied,” the Chairperson said.
Persons desirous of obtaining additional information are asked to contact the CXC at +1 (246) 227-1700 or email [email protected] (Barbados), or for queries in Jamaica at + 1 (876) 630-5200 or email: [email protected]