In light of the current figures where COVID19 is concerned, the Education Ministry has taken the decision to suspend moderation of School-Based Assessments for on-site moderated subjects for the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) examination until May 23.
The ministry, via a release, said “The suspension is in keeping with the ministry’s mandate to support protocols implemented by the Ministry of Health which seeks to limit face-to-face activities during the period of May 10-23.”
The moderation exercise will resume on May 24 and schools will be advised of rescheduled dates for the moderation exercise for respective subjects.
This news came one day after Tabaquite MP Anita Haynes urged that moderators for the CSEC exam be allowed to defer their work until July to curb their chances of catching the virus.
Teachers internally mark their pupils’ school-based assessment (SBA) exercises, and the ministry sends moderators to check the fairness/consistency of these marking exercises, by themselves observing samples of pupil labs/scripts at various schools.
In a release on May 7, the TT United Teachers Association (TTUTA) called on the Education Ministry to halt the moderation of CSEC and CAPE subjects.
TTUTA said it will not have its members or any educational professional on the school compound.
TTUTA said no officers of the Student Services Support Division would be visiting schools to engage students. It said School Supervisors and Curriculum officers should be working from home.