The Caribbean Examinations Council has released the schedule for this year’s exams, which are scheduled to be administered in May and June.
Time tables for both CSEC and CAPE examinations have been published on CXC’s website.
The Covid19 pandemic disrupted the exams over the last two years and students complained that the grading methods were unfair and thus prompted calls by regional educational institutes for a revision of the marking policy.
In a statement issued, the Caribbean Examinations Council confirmed that cutbacks to the SBA requirements, by as much as 50 per cent in some subject areas, will be maintained for this year’s examination.
CXC said measures have also been put in place to assist students with preparations.
“In addition to the reduction in the SBA requirements, the deferral strategy has been extended for use any time prior to the administration of the subject. Candidates will be able to defer to January or June 2023, whenever the subject is administered.”
CXC is also seeking to increase the use of e-testing across the Caribbean. The examination body is expecting, at a minimum, that electronic usage among cape candidates will increase by 20 to 50 per cent.
“As we look ahead to 2023, CXC continues to work with regional Ministries of Education on its digital transformation strategy. Plans are currently under way to begin administering all Paper 01 examinations electronically in 2023,” it said.
It said that in an effort to address the issues of internet connectivity, candidates can sit e-tests fully online, partially online, or fully offline.