Monday 19 October, 2020

Barbados minister calls on CXC to 'swiftly' investigate 2020 results

Minister Santia Bradshaw at the CXC headquarters on September 22.

Minister Santia Bradshaw at the CXC headquarters on September 22.

Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw is calling on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to urgently investigate concerns raised by teachers, parents and students regarding the July 2020 CSEC and CAPE results. 


Video caption: Minister Santia Bradshaw calls urgent press conference to address candidates' CXC concerns on September 24.

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Bradshaw says it is not enough for the regional examining body to say that they can query grades free of cost or for students to pay US $30 for reviews as is customary.

In a press statement this afternoon, the minister notes:

“The disquiet among students who recently received the Caribbean Examinations Council’s CAPE and CSEC examinations is definitely cause for concern. I am of the view that an urgent investigation must be carried out by CXC into this matter to preserve the integrity of the examinations.

“I know that the Council has already responded to indicate the procedure to initiate the review process by Friday, October 23. And while there must be respect for process, I do feel however that given the unprecedented number of students who have raised concerns, particularly those online, I would strongly urge CXC to move swiftly to investigate and also to consider the waiver of fees associated with the review.

“Indeed these are not normal times and as a cloud of uncertainty looms over the heads of several of our students who are preparing to go off to university, it is incumbent on CXC to urgently resolve this matter so that they can get on with their lives.”

During the official release of the results — before they were disseminated at 5pm and 8pm on Tuesday, September 22 to candidates and the regional education ministries — Bradshaw had praised CXC for being able to administer the testing and deliver results when other larger countries had to defer and cancel exams.

She praised CXC for all its consultations and on its modified approach in the face of COVID-19 and Tropical Storm Gonzalo. She said that indeed 2020 is a historic year for CXC, the region and education.

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