Published 2 March, 2021
Buckie Got It, St. Kitts and Nevis News Source
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has announced that students will sit the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) in the traditional format, despite the increasing number of COVID-19 cases being recorded the region.
The exams will be held June 14 to July 16, it was disclosed at a virtual press conference on Monday.
Explaining the decision to go ahead with the exams even as regional countries fight to stem the spread of COVID-19 – with some closing schools – CXC Registrar Dr Wayne Wesley said the regional body did not want to disenfranchise those who were ready to sit the exams.
Students who want to defer will be allowed to do so without any penalty, he explained.
“While there are individuals experiencing challenges in their preparations, there are others who are ready to write. So, we presented a situation for both groups; it gives us the best of both worlds,” Dr Wesley said.
“No fee will be implemented for deferral of subjects. CXC will be working closely with the MoEs [Ministries of Education] and local registrars to ensure implementation of changes will be done smoothly and in the best interest of our students.”
CXC has received entries from 102,000 prospective CSEC candidates, while there are more than 27,000 candidates for CAPE.