–provisions to be made for every student

With COVID-19 concerns on the front burner, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has announced that it will be utilising its e-testing modality for the administration of CSEC and CAPE this year.

The Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Dr. Wayne Wesley has noted that this method will reduce the administrative processing time of the examinations allowing for the marking and releasing of examination results.

The measure will also ensure the timely presentation of grades in August.

Citing concerns about matriculation to higher education and employment, members of the Barbados-based council announced on Thursday during a media briefing that the examinations previously scheduled for May/June 2020 will now be held in July.

Allowances will be made for any developments of COVID-19.

The e-testing modality will be done both online and offline. The Caribbean Examinations Council is currently working with all the Ministries of Education in the Caribbean Region to arrange logistics and to ensure all students will have access to electronic devices to sit their examinations.

Meanwhile, parents, teachers and students can access the CXC learning hub free of cost. The learning hub is a single access point to multiple resources that supports the education of candidates. The hub can be found at learninghub.cxc.org.

CXC will continue to monitor the emerging situation, the health and wellbeing of all candidates and academic staff.

Previously, School-Based Assessments (SBAs) and Internal Assessments (IAs) were due for submission on April 30 and May 31 respectively. The deadlines for submission have now been extended for a further month.

Director of operations, Nicole Manning explained that the examinations council hopes to create hope and instil confidence in the management of the situation.