Education Minister Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said that she has personally spoken to CXC on the issues in this year’s CSEC and CAPE exams.
It seems that there were grading discrepancies, where students with all A’s in their profiles, were given V and VI grades instead.
Gadsby-Dolly noted that the issue is causing distress, which is regrettable, especially for the students involved who are already stressed in this year of the pandemic.
She said, however, that it is necessary to balance the desire for students to be fairly treated with recognition of the fact that it is critical for queries of this nature to be dealt with through approved and well-defined channels.
She added this is necessary especially if the integrity of the body that the majority of citizens in the Caribbean region use for certification is to be maintained.
“Certainly, many persons can and will sign an online petition once they disagree with an assigned grade.”
This petition is circling the region; in Trinidad and Tobago over 23,000 candidates sat CXC exams, in Jamaica, over 60,000- that equates to over 300,000 subject entries that can be queried in those two countries alone, with statistics from Barbados, Guyana etc. not being quoted here,” she said.
She said the online regional petition gathering 12,000 signatures then, can be understood contextually.
“Though no institution can reasonably use that as a basis for review of all grades- it does however raise awareness of the matter and indicate to CXC that this issue must be addressed to put to rest troubling questions and concerns that are shared across the region.”
On the issue of SBA scores, she said that SBAs are scored by individual class teachers, and these scores are submitted to CXC for moderation- which means that what was submitted by the school may not be the actual score recorded by CXC for the student and used to determine their overall grade.
Gadsby-Dolly said, “A statement by CXC is forthcoming, and we in T&T eagerly await their elucidation of the complex issues surrounding this matter, even as we advise schools and individuals to follow the established procedures to make the necessary queries.”
She said that the Ministry of Education (MOE) will take all the required steps to ensure that this issue is adequately addressed.