Sunday 20 September, 2020

Ministry assures CXC Exams will not be hampered by school closure

Assurance has been given that thousands of students writing Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations in Barbados on Wednesday, May 15, will not be negatively impacted by the last-minute announcement to close schools early tomorrow.

The early school closure was announced by the Ministry of Education this afternoon, and is supported by the Barbados Labour Party-administration.

The closure is to facilitate educators attending the meeting called by the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union (BSTU) in response to increased reports of student-on-teacher violence. This comes days after a secondary school teacher was allegedly attacked by a student while conducting her duties recently. 

Loop News reached out to CXC and a representative confirmed that the examinations scheduled for the afternoon of May 15 will not be negatively impacted.

He said:

"We have had communication from the Ministry of Education that arrangements will be made for candidates who are doing examinations and no disruption is anticipated."

According to the May/June 2019 timetables for CXC - CSEC, tomorrow there is General Proficiency Mathematics 1 and Mathematics 3. Private candidates will also write Mathematics 2.

In terms of CAPE, the May 15-afternoon exams include: 

1) Applied Mathematics Unit 1 Paper 2 – 2 hr 30 min

2) Spanish Unit 1 Paper 2 – 2 hr 10 min

3) Green Engineering Unit 1 Paper 2 – 2 hr 30 min

Loop is unsure if any Barbadian students are taking the Green Engineering subject.

For those wondering if teachers will be present to invigilate, in terms of invigilators, CXC reminded that invigilators are independent of schools.

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