Education Minister not in support of changing CSEC, CAPE exams

Education Minister not in support of changing CSEC, CAPE exams

The Ministry of Education is not in favour of a suggestion by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to alter the examinations for CSEC and CAPE this year.

Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said that Cabinet has not agreed to a decrease in the number of papers students write during the exam.

“We should go with the format that our students are accustomed to which is Paper One which is multiple choice, and Paper Two which is regarded as the long paper and ofcourse the SBA assessment,” Garcia said.

While Government has agreed to have the exams in June or July, Garcia said the date was not “set in stone” but is dependent on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, the Ministry has not yet decided on a firm date for the CXC examinations although a proposed date of May/June was suggested. Minister also said the date was dependent on the containment on the Covid-19 virus, adding that he is guided by the Ministry of Health’s recommendation.

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