Monday 3 August, 2020

Ministry announces changes to BSSEE, CXC due to COVID-19

(File Photo) 11+ Exam at Queen's College.

(File Photo) 11+ Exam at Queen's College.

The Ministry of Education in Barbados has announced a number of changes to examinations scheduled for this year. 

Due to the recent declaration regarding the national status of the COVID-19 virus and the restrictions that have been imposed, the Ministry said steps have been taken to safeguard the health and well-being of stakeholders in education.


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In light of this, the date for the Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE), also known as the Common Entrance Exam, has been changed to Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  However, this option is contingent on the Trinity Term commencing on April 14, 2020.

A number of changes have also been announced in relation to the May/June 2020 Examinations schedule for CXC. 

The following changes are being implemented with immediate effect. 


  • The suspension of on-site and Centre Moderation across all practical subjects until further notice is given.
  • There will be no School Based Assessment (SBA) practicals in Physical Education and the Theatre Arts.  These will be rescheduled in due course.
  • In cases where students have outstanding SBAs or labs to be completed, it is recommended that an online option be used to guide and support them where feasible. Where it is not feasible to complete labs off-site or virtually, it is proposed that they be rescheduled when the Trinity Term commences. 
  • At this time, CXC has not changed its deadline for the submission of SBAs.  It is proposed that where students have been unable to submit completed SBAs due to the current disruption due to COVID-19, that each school submit a justification and the appropriate representation will be made to CXC for consideration.


Currently, there is no information regarding changes to the CXC timetable. 

The Ministry of Education added that it plans to keep schools and students informed as more information becomes available.

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