Tuesday 27 October, 2020

Reviews and queries to CXC for CSEC and CAPE up for 2020 over 2019

Students in Barbados outside the CXC Headquarters calling for reviews and regrading ahead of the meeting of the Review Team. (FILE)

Students in Barbados outside the CXC Headquarters calling for reviews and regrading ahead of the meeting of the Review Team. (FILE)

Despite the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) saying that queries and reviews are along the norm, the statistics disclosed today have shown that hundreds more students are dissatisfied with their grades in 2020 than in 2019.

The statistics were revealed by the CXC Registrar and CEO, Dr Wayne Wesley.

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The greatest jump in numbers came from the candidates who wrote Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC).

Last year, 720 candidates sought reviews for the CSEC grades and that represented a 0.13 per cent of the total candidates. Then that figured tripled to 2,550 this year, representing 0.45 per cent. 

In regard to queries amongst CSEC students there were 705 queries in 2019 which was 0.13 per cent of the total, and this year it doubled to 1,572 or 0.28 per cent of the total.

On the side of CAPE, the 2019 statistics for reviews doubled in 2020, moving from 1,073 last year to 2,353 this year. Therefore, 0.73 per cent of candidates asked for reviews in 2019, while 1.97 per cent asked for queries this time around.

Queries for CAPE subjects saw the biggest growth with the number leaping from 36 in 2019 to 659 in 2020. That equates to for every one query in 2019, there were 18 in 2020. In 2019, only 0.03 per cent of the candidates sought queries while in 2020, 0.55 per cent are querying their July 2020 grades.

The deadline for submission of queries and review requests is Friday, October 23, 2020.

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