Registrar and CEO of CXC Dr. Wayne Wesley and JTA President Owen Speid
The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has proposed that this year's May/June examinations be pushed back to July and changes made to the system of grading candidates as regional countries grapple with the COVID-19 crisis.
CXC is also planning to use e-Testing for CSEC and CAPE exams.
Registrar and CEO of CXC Dr. Wayne Wesley outlined the modified examination process during an online news conference Thursday afternoon.
He revealed that the exams would now be done with the administration of at least one common paper - the multiple choice assessment - as well as the utilisation of School Based Assessments (SBAs) and Paper 3/2, which is the alternative to the SBA for private candidates.
Final grades will be awarded based on the moderated SBA and multiple choice assessments. However, students of modern languages like Spanish, French and Portuguese, as well as Human and Social Biology and Visual Arts, will be required to complete additional components.
Dr. Wesley said e-Testing would reduce the administration processing time and result in the shortest turnaround time for marking and releasing examination results. In addition, he said it will "provide an opportunity for timely presentation of grades to facilitate matriculation to higher education and to access employment."
The regional examination body said its proposals will be guided by national protocols across the region.
In the meantime, the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) is predicting that the CXC proposals for this year's Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) will face challenges.
JTA President Owen Speid said while a push back of the exams is welcome, the July schedule is unrealistic as more time will be needed.
In addition, he said the e-Testing proposal might be problematic considering many students in remote areas do not have access to internet connectivity.