Two R.C School Boards threaten CXC with legal action over grades

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Two R.C School Boards threaten CXC with legal action over grades

Two Catholic School boards have written to the head of the Caribbean Examination Council, (CXC) demanding information on its marking scheme.

This comes in light of a slew of issues, which were found following the release of the results for CSEC and CAPE last week.

The Holy Ghost Fathers and Dominican Sisters, through their team of attorneys, have written to Sir Hilary Beckles, chairman of the CXC.

Their impressive team of attorneys includes, John Jeremie, SC, Andrew Pilgrim QC, Keith Scotland, Darrell Allahar and Aaron Mahabir.

In the letter sent on Monday, they included a list of demands, to preserve confidence in and the integrity of CXC.
They are: the respective weights given to the external assessment and the school-based assessments (SBAs) for all subjects; the methodology or algorithm used for the moderation of all SBAs for all subjects; and the methodology or algorithm used to calculate the final overall grades.

They also want a suspension of the examination regulations, including the time limits for any reviews and queries, pending a full audit of the process by an independent, external auditing firm. In the interim, they want all stakeholders, including ministries, schools and students, to be given the information they are asking for.

The school boards were also “deeply concerned by the arrogant posture” taken by CXC’s registrar at a media briefing on Friday at which he said there was no need for a full review of results.

Although CXC was immune from legal action in TT’s courts, one attorney Allahar, warned that a challenge could be taken to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) for redress.