Press Statement on CXC Press Conference by Student Advocate

Khaleel Kothdiwala, Student Advocate

On Sunday, October 18, Sir Hilary Beckles, in his capacity as Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council, and Dr. Wayne Wesley, Registrar of CXC, held a virtual press conference to release the preliminary findings of the Independent Review Team, empaneled to investigate the examination process, allocated examination results and general performance expectations, inter alia

For the purpose of context, this Review Team was appointed by the CXC Chair amidst region-wide protestations from students, parents and teachers, resulting from the release of CXC results on September 22, and the fact that those results were at significant variance with historical trends, teacher predictions and reasonable student and parent expectation. This resulted in thousands of students either with no grades, or grades which were wholly unacceptable and not reflective of reality, which has put on pause the higher education aspirations of these students.

At the press conference, there was no admission of fault nor any acceptance of responsibility by the Council for the inconvenience, anxiety, agony and heartache caused by the clearly defective results. 

Instead, CXC blamed four factors for this crisis: the COVID-19 pandemic, internet connectivity in the territories of the region, implied teacher corruption and unmerited high student expectations. This was a shameless attempt to pass the buck of responsibility and one which does not factor in the fact that this year’s problem is clearly a macro problem and therefore those micro factors would not create the quagmire in which we now find ourselves. Most disturbingly, the Council, since September 22, has and continues to place unfounded blame at the feet of teachers, with unsubstantiated, implied allegations of teacher corruption and/or misconduct, as far as the award of marks is concerned. This stance is deeply regrettable for an examination body, which relies upon teachers to teach their syllabus content, and for a Council which reports to Ministries of Education, who employ many of these teachers, and certainly supervise all. The Council must, unequivocally, state its confidence in the teaching profession in the region, if there is to be a harmonious relationship between the two, going forward. 

On another point of clarification, CXC intimated that only a ‘small minority’ of students have experienced challenges. This is particularly regrettable as it simply does not reflect the reality that, by CXC’s admission, there were nearly 14,000 instances of students receiving ‘ungraded’ or ‘absent’ results, or of the major public outcry in the four weeks since the release of results. The misrepresentation of the problem as a minor one is unfortunate, and will only serve to continue to undermine the confidence of persons in CXC, and inhibit the ‘healing process’ to which Sir Hilary referred in his contribution to the press conference. 

On the positive side, despite the misrepresentations highlighted above, the IRT did recommend a number of measures in the immediate term, which correspond to many of the demands made by parent and student advocacy groups. Importantly:

  • The review process will now include an actual remark of exam scripts, and not the ineffective administrative review, as previously proposed;
  • The vexatious issue of the cost of reviews will be partially addressed by the Council, by a 50% reduction of that fee;
  • Candidates who request reviews will not receive a ‘downgrade’ of the result, which was another contentious issue. Instead, the grade will remain the same, or adjusted upwards, if the remark of the candidate’s scripts support that;
  • Reviews will be returned expeditiously, with the timeframe of turnover being hopefully one week, with the process for requesting a review, being transitioned online, making that process faster and simpler;
  • The review deadline was also extended.

Students across the region commend this mature approach taken and would hope that the remark of the papers produce more equitable grades than previously and that the turnover time is indeed one week. 

However, burning questions remain unanswered:

  • Will the re-moderation of SBAs be done in accordance with the same rubric as in previous years, and which was used by students and teachers this year? Or will the rubric used be modified as was done in the original moderation, in some instances, and which may have produced the irregular results?
  • How did CXC weight the papers in the absence of Paper 2? While much was made at the press conference about “grading on profiles”, this point remains unclear. 
  • Relatedly, how does CXC respond to concerns that originally allocated profiles did not match with original grades, for example where a candidate received an AAB profile, but received a Grade 3? How does that reconcile with the Registrars assertion that grading was done based on profiles?
  • Who will CXC employ as ‘additional capacity’ to remark the examination scripts? And what measures are in place to ensure that this ‘additional capacity’ meet the standard for quality assurance?
  • It was stated at the press conference that computation of grades will be done solely on performance in the Multiple Choice and SBA component of the examinations. This is significantly at variance with the Council’s previously stated position that predicted grades would be factored in. Clarification is required on this point.

Based upon the summary of the recommendations of the IRT provided at the press conference, it appears that CXC has recognized the plethora of mistakes made previously, even if there is a reluctance to explicitly take responsibility. Students and parents will look forward to the release of the final report on Tuesday for the full detail of the findings, and CXC must also publish a document detailing precisely how those recommendations will be implemented and addressing the burning questions which remain. 

Four weeks in, it is past time, for us to move past the present crisis, to find an equitable resolution for all. While the recommendations of the IRT are in no way perfect, if implemented correctly, they will go a significant way in alleviating the problem. 

The ball is now in the court of CXC to implement these recommendations, and provide clarity on matters, which up to the present, they have eschewed direct comment. It is regrettable that CXC continues to refuse to meet with parent or student advocacy groups, but it can be hoped that after their recognition today of their communication failures, that a more amenable public response posture will be adopted. 

After all, CXC is all of us in this complex ecosystem of education in the Caribbean, as Sir Hilary put it, and must therefore chasten itself to be able to held accountable. Only then can the healing process start!


88 comments

  • Theo…heard the public is getting fooled again, what is circulating among the kids anyway, it is said that Mia is paying the 15 US for the review, had to tell some kids, no she is not paying for anything, it’s the TAXPAYERS footing that bill like they pay for everything else and then the ministers take the credit..gotta set that record straight from early so this generation is not FOOLED like the one before them and those before that going back 75 years.

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  • Vincent Codrington

    A comprehensive report of the attempt to solve this embarrassing issue of the marking and grading of this year;s CXC Examinations.

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  • @Vincent

    Agree and kudos to the government for absorbing the expense of those requesting reviews:

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  • Vincent Codrington

    @ David Bu
    This is the kind of response we expect from a Social Democrat Party when it forms the GoB.

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  • Saw since yesterday that they are blaming the teachers’ leniency in marking setting false expectations. That doesn’t fly. These teachers guide the children until they get the SBA just right. That is a different problem. Unless the teacher does not know how to do a Grade 1 level SBA.

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  • While it is commendable that the GoB has agreed to pay for students who wish to have their papers reviewed, that is taxpayer money with which the GoB is generously being footloose and fancy-free. Maybe the GoB should offer to pay for the review of an agreed-upon percentage of those who are disputing their results. Further, if a previously agreed upon threshold percentage of challenged papers are found to be faulty, then CXC should be mandated to review all disputed papers at no cost to the student or GoB. A refund, of course, would be expected for the deposit of the original challenge made by the GoB

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  • @FearPlay

    The payout for this will not be significant. Mainly those aspiring to enter six form and universities overseas. It is the least government can do given the emotional stress associated with the matter.

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  • The irony of today’s ‘young activist’ KK, seamlessly pushing the buttons of yesteryear’s young activist Sir Hilary, who has now ascended to the Board level.
    @William Skinner
    you may note the method of addressing the letter, and the recipient.

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  • @Northern Observer

    The blogmaster enjoyed reading the letter. How many students of such an age is able to construct a communication in the way Khaleel has done?

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  • “Maybe the GoB should offer to pay for the review of an agreed-upon percentage of those who are disputing their results.”

    as much as it’s bitter to watch politicians once again using TAXPAYER’S FUNDS to promote themselves for election purposes, the kids are under EXTREME STRESS and need to move on.

    We can ignore Mia’s politic gimmicks and tricks this time and MAKE SURE SHE PAYS FOR IT DURING ELECTION by KICKING HER OUT OF THE PARLIAMENT permanently, this time…..but we cannot have these kids living under this level of stress because of a greedy, parasitic, useless entity like CXC..

    .if you talk to the kids you can hear the trauma in their voices, that’s not mentally healthy and should not be ignored..

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  • Govt to pay for CXC reviews

    BARBADOS WILL PAY for its students to get a review of their Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) grades, says Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.
    She made the announcement while speaking at a Barbados Labour Party (BLP) St George North by-election meeting in Market Hill, St George, on Sunday night, adding that Barbadians do not beg.
    For several weeks students in Barbados joined others across the region protesting their poor CXC results which, among other things, took some of them out of the running for prestigious scholarships or placements at their choice of university.
    In Barbados, parents, students and supporters demonstrated outside the CXC headquarters and in Bridgetown, and sent correspondence to relevant parties calling for a solution.
    On Sunday following a three-hour press conference by CXC, it was announced that there would be a reduction in the review fees from US$30 to US$15, a November 6 deadline for review requests, an actual remarking of the papers during the review process, no downgrading of those requesting the reviews, and workshops to inform stakeholders about CXC’s requirements.
    The coronavirus pandemic had forced the CXC to adjust its marking system by scrapping the extensive Paper II in many cases while students completed a multiple choice Paper I and submitted school-based assessments.
    However, the release of results on September 22 sparked regional criticism from even the top education officials and led to an Independent Review Team with 27 recommendations for the controversial Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination results.
    Mottley, in reaction to the controversy, said what happened to the students in the region was not right.
    “I don’t know what the report will say but I do know this, that many of the children who are asking for a review, their parents cannot afford to pay the price for that review,” she said on Sunday night.
    No answer
    She said that Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw had been asking for a waiver of the review fees and the Government had not received an answer.
    “But Bajans don’t beg. So, therefore, tomorrow [yesterday], you will tell them that the Government of Barbados will pay for the review of all the children who need a review in CXC.”
    The decision was hailed by Khaleel Kothdiwala, student advocate and spokesman for the protesting students who also questioned his CXC results.
    “This is a mature position and tangible demonstration of real leadership on the part of our Government, recognising that while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect the economic fortunes of households and businesses, it was unacceptable to request that these students and their parents be called upon to pay to fix a problem, not of their own making, but one which must be squarely laid at the feet of CXC.
    “Since the announcement, I have received numerous telephone calls and messages from students and parents expressing their gratitude to Government. For without this decision to subsidise review fees, too many of our nation’s students would have been further disadvantaged and, possibly, their aspirations of higher education scuppered,” he said.
    He said they were awaiting today’s release of the final report of the Independent Review Team. ( AC)

    Source: Nation

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  • @Blogmaster
    I enjoyed the communication as well, it was very well written. You may recall, when the then Dr.Beckles returned to Barbados, he was similarly well spoken, and written, albeit several years older than KK is today. Imagine “The CXC Affair” by Khaleel Kothdiwala.

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  • @Northern Observer

    Reminiscent of the Mutual Society Affair. Khaleel will be hosting a CXC Debrief on Facebook, will search for the link.

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  • Gimmicks and POLITICAL TRICKS…that is why what has been going on in Barbados against the majority population NEVER ENDS….too many people continue to fall for the LIES and DECEIT….but our current and future generations will no LONGER be subjected to DECEPTION from no good politicians PRETENDING TO CARE…enabled and condoned by DUMB ADULTS…..it will continue to be EXPOSED WITHOUT END..

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  • It’s time to deal with the SUBSTANTIVE ISSUES ….the POLITICAL NASTINESS clothed in PRETEND caring and ALWAYS PAID FOR BY TAXPAYERS …..instead of gushing about how pretty Koochiee Koo is writing…

    yall have been letting wicked politicians do this for way too long and then praising them, unable to see the same old dirty tricks wrapped in new clothing…..WHICH MAKES YOU THE PROBLEM.

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  • waiting on CXC’s report.

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  • put it on the wrong thread..

    Theo…just don’t hold ya bread, when these criminals collude against taxpayers and the vulnerable in Barbados, they cover all their evil tracks..

    That’s why i absolutely HATE POLITICS and will NEVER get involved in it in any country…it’s instructive that the people who love politics and love to talk about it all day long….can NEVER SEE ANY OF THIS..

    this is situation is REMNISCIENT of you saying racist crook MALONEY is so corrupt, should be in prison for helping DLP rob the taxpayers, pensioners etc, let’s not forget the DEATH of the innocent Holder child that YOU said and we all know he is directly responsible for in which you SET UP THE MOTHER to take the FALL… and the first opportunity you get once elected by the BLACK population, you jump right in bed with him and give him TAXPAYERS MONEY BY THE MILLIONS FOR LAND ALL OF YOU STOLE from Black people..

    …..trying to separate yaself from CXC using the SAME deception on the people….is like trying to separate yaself from MALONEY….can’t happen, seeing as upon your arrangement he is now representing YOU in Guyana….

    politics is a colonial construct meant to do exactly what it’s doing now, ignorant black people did not design nor create it, have no control over it and never will.

    and here is grown ass people knowing all of this and IGNORING IT…to give praise to dirty lying deceitful treacherous politicians……steupppsss…just remember YOUR CHILDREN ARE WATCHING…they are the ones now being DISENFRANCHISED by CXC and their DIRTY AGENTS….all of which the TAXPAYERS are now being FORCED TO PAY for……

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  • As a taxpayer, I have no problem ‘footing the bill’ for our kids education re the CXC Review. I will have a problem however, if our PM decides to use my taxpayer money to pay severance to LIAT workers, as suggested by Antigua PM Browne….. so he can re-launch his “Antigua” LIAT (2020) airline!

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  • It was reported that the Chairman Beckles would make a press statement last Sunday, he did.

    It was reported that the findings of the report would be shared with respective ministers of education yesterday, it was.

    It was reported the same reports will be made available to the public thereafter. So far the executive of the CXC has delivered on promises so far. So far so good.

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  • but the people’s scarce tax dollars is being picked up tp pay corrupt ass CXC.

    “Look I so kiss me ass fed up with the QEH hospital.. Imagine my daughter im law was in that zr smash up yesterday evening, got to Dr hospital after 5 complaing of chest pains(she had a heart problem since she was 5)belly, side and neck pains.
    Between that time and now4.32 am she was just given an injection for pain and her neck was put in a brace, and was to doctor wad coming in at 12am up till now she in see one doctor, and to make it worse she was sitting in a hard ass uncomfortable chair since now,when she should have beem laying on a bed, right now she is just crying in pain since obviously de medication wore off, up there seriously need something major doing about it.. I pray that I would never have to go up ther again..”

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  • And don’t forget, according to the LYING, SLEAZY, TIEFING LAWYER, they can’t find money to settle with this former nurse who fell in the same QEH nearly 40 years ago, they dragged her out and suffered her until she is now crippled…..keep supporting corrupt, thieves and liars, the next one to be in this same position might very well be you or one of your family members..

    https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/09/25/nurses-decades-dilemma-could-soon-end

    “Richard rejected any notion that little was being done by him to speed up the process of closing the case which arose out of incident in which Wilkinson fell and sustained back injuries while on duty at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in April 1981.

    The former nurse explained that she has spoken to her lawyer in the first week in September and then on the 17th.. when he told her he would find something to give me “to tide me over” and that Government doesn’t have any money to pay me and this case would have to go into next year again,” Wilkinson stated.”

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  • Between 1981 and now 2020…how many corrupt, uncaring PMs and politicians have DIED SINCE THEN…do the math..

    but they have no money right….taxpayers money..

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  • @ Northern Observer
    I have great admiration for student activists since I was one. Quite frankly, I have not read his letter but unlike @ David , I would not posit that there are not many others , at Mr. Kothdiwala’s age/ stage , who are incapable.
    I have great respect for our youth and I follow them very closely via my own familial contacts. I have a godson who left Harrisons College did a BSc and is now a professional DJ. I just respect them for charting their destiny. Mr. Kothdiwala is one of them.
    Peace.

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  • @William

    The issue is not if others are capable, it is about if they have the testicular strength to enter the public space to make that difference. For your info the link to the letter in question is embedded at the bottom of the blog.

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  • Is it time for competition in this area?

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  • @WS
    the letter was addressed to Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, and then, Dear Sir Hilary.
    Wasn’t it your blog who had feedback as to how the gentleman was to be addressed?

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  • Did Sir Hilary and his board, while making their excuses address the cases where students who wrote the exam and has receipts to show, were marked ABSENT? How are they going to address this, blame the teachers too, or the internet, or a duppy?

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  • Dame Bajans,

    Not a word about us. I am going this week to show my receipts.

    They are not fooling me one bit with their nonsense.

    We all know they messed up.

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  • @Donna

    From the start CXC advised all students who were marked ungraded and have receipts to prove exams were taken to present to have it remedied.

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  • So, is it true that CXC robbed QC of 25 scholarships???

    so how many did they hold HC for ransom..

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  • Just a minute, just a minute. I am Bajan and muh hinglish not too fancy. Since when does “ungraded” mean “absent?”

    How can a student write an exam and be ungraded? Even an “F” is a grade. Are these people educators?

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  • @Northetn Observer

    You’re correct. I didn’t really follow your inference. My apologies. I still have not read Mr. Kothdiwala’s letter.

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  • @Hants

    Bear in mind there is a review process on the way.

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  • Did I understand her correctly that she has to take a year off from attending the University of her choice because her results have to be reviewed? BTW its Carleton University not University of Carleton.

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  • “Pressure groups at the forefront of the fight are however disappointed that taxpayers will be the ones paying up as the regional examining body attempts to absolve itself of liability.”

    Shame on CXC, holding the kids grades to ransom. Let’s see if they keep this corrupt entity and their agents to pull this wicked act again, they believe they are entitled and need to be kicked out of the Caribbean.

    Mia needs to stop pretending she is doing anyone a favor and making it political, all about her, this is a CRIME BY CXC AGAINST THIS GENERATION.

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  • Trust Nationnews to have a useless title, only they can see smiles behind a mask, no the kids are not smiling, they know well enuff that they were traumatized and disenfranchised, it has negatively impacted them and taken all of the joy out of the effort they put in, what smile what.

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  • Congratulations to the scholarship winners. It has been a challenging 2020. Hoping that despite it all these young sons and daughters will continue to excel.

    Harrison College takes lion’s share

    by CARLOS ATWELL
    carlosatwell@nationnews. com
    HARRISON COLLEGE has walked away with all of this year’s Barbados Scholarships and the lion’s share of Exhibitions.
    Students of the Crumpton Street, Bridgetown school copped the 11 Scholarships and 12 of the 18 Exhibitions. Queens College earned three Exhibitions, Barbados Community College (BCC) two and Christ Church Foundation one.
    However, Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw said there was always a chance more Scholarship and Exhibition winners could be announced, especially in light of the ongoing review process involving the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
    Process
    “Whenever we have had this process of announcing Scholarship and Exhibition winners, oftentimes there are results that come back in after this date and we are sometimes forced to go back to Cabinet to recognise additional persons. So it is not unusual we are announcing winners now, but the fact remains that in the course of the next few days and weeks [further] Exhibition and Scholarship winners may join you,” she told the beaming students.
    Last year, Queen’s College students dominated the awards, earning 16 Scholarships and 17 Exhibitions. Harrison College had ten Scholarships and ten Exhibitions.
    One BCC student was awarded a Scholarship while seven students of The St Michael School were awarded Exhibitions, with one Exhibition going to Christ Church Foundation.
    In 2018, there were 25 Scholarships and 34 Exhibitions, while in 2017, there were 26 Scholarships and 19 Exhibitions.
    Bradshaw, speaking at the official ceremony held at the BCC, congratulated the students for their efforts during a difficult time but urged them to work towards the benefit of Barbados.
    “We expect from you, as you climb up the ladder, that you remember the little 166 square miles which has given you a foundation.
    “Many of you may be gobbled up by international companies or perhaps meet the [person] of your dreams and relocate, but I ask each of you, that as you go on your journey, to do great things for this country and to always keep Barbados to the forefront of your mind,” she said.
    The minister said this did not mean having to return and work in Barbados, but to see themselves as ambassadors and to give others here a helping hand if possible.
    Harrisonian Melaina Gill, who was awarded a Scholarship for her Grade 1s in biology, chemistry, physics, communication studies and Caribbean studies, said she was feeling over the moon at her lofty achievement.
    “I am very happy. It’s good to know all my hard work paid off, given all that occurred this year,” she told the MIDWEEK NATION.
    Gill said she was pursuing a degree in medicine and surgery at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
    However, her colleague Jencée Sealy, 18, said she was disappointed at missing out on a Scholarship and would be taking advantage of Government’s offer to fund the CXC review process. She earned a Grade 1 in pure mathematics, accounting, Caribbean studies and communication studies but a Grade 2 in economics.
    “To work the whole of last year and this year to get a [Grade] 2 is a little disappointing, but I know I’ve done a good job. I’m going to query it because I’m not sure [if my grade was affected by the changes] . . . . “I think that CXC made mistakes and they need to accept that instead of casting blame everywhere else. I think they need to show accountability and transparency. They need to show their marking process instead of having an independent source come in and say they were
    technically sound. It doesn’t make sense to me, it doesn’t make sense to a lot of people,” the Exhibition winner said.
    Sealy said she was taking a break from studies as she figured out her future plans.
    Harrison College student Mateo Sam, 17, also earned an Exhibition.
    He said he was happy with his results and would continue to work towards completing a master’s in computer development. He achieved Grade 1s in pure mathematics, computer science, physics and Caribbean studies, and a Grade 2 in communication studies. He will be attending UWI Cave Hill studying computer science.
    His father, Cleveland Sam, is a former public relations and customer service manager at CXC, who now serves as the UWI Open Campus’ marketing and communication manager.
    He said his job as a father was to give his son wings and allow him to fly.

    Source: Nation

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  • David,

    My son was not marked “ungraded”, he was deemed “absent”.

    I have been waiting to see if it would be addressed by the review. They have offered no explanation.

    The number of cases of this is so large that it deserves an explanation.

    This is a significant foul up and cannot be brushed aside by a “Bring your receipt” mouthing.

    My son, his friends, the friends of his friends and indeed a whole form at his former school were deemed absent.

    Major problem.

    Suppose a child has no secure place to keep his/her receipts. There are such things as natural disasters.

    This occurrence should not be widespread. It indicates that something is not right at CXC.

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  • Restating my opinion on this CXC issue.

    The ungraded exams can be graded. Missing exams can be investigated and if found they can be graded. If not found then reasons for scripts being missing and sincere apologies must be provided.

    Hopefully, the report will show how CXC will
    (1) manage the expectations of those who believe they should have a better grade.

    I suspect there is not one person who felt they should have a worse grade than what they receive and we saw the (reported) outcry when there was the possibility of grades worsening.

    (2) How CXC will manage the impact of this issue on its reputation. The integrity and quality of its processes are being challenged.

    Have a great day, Barbados. Keep it real.

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  • @Donna

    Do not wait, present the receipt to trigger the review. This was shared by CXC and MOE officials.

    Sn interesting related link.

    https://newsday.co.tt/2020/10/20/judge-chides-education-ministry-over-sea-exam-scripts/

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  • While all eyes are focussed on the CXC shambles, it is important not to let Harrison College continue to run away with national scholarships.
    There is an urgent need for a review of all our secondary schools, from their resources, the use of those resources, the standard and qualifications of teachers, and exam results.
    It is important to know why historically certain schools perform better than others. The ministry MUST also publish the public exam results of individual schools; this should be a matter of public record and not a ministry secret.
    CXC is on record as saying that it sends all the results to the ministry for individual schools. All they have to do is publish them, as they do in Trinidad.
    The CXC chaos is short-term, the quality of our secondary schools is long-term.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    @Donna
    I have neither a dog in nor intimate knowledge of this fight, only outsider observations and questions based on my limited understanding of the issues at hand. There are too many disjointed groups allowing CXC to take advantage of the situation and duck the two real issues of exam attendance and grading scales.

    I personally suspect CXC tried to use a grading curve after stupidly scraping paper 2 but ran into serious problems because paper 2 is what separates the sheep from the goats and cannot be scrapped without them making major adjustments to paper 1 to compensate. The severity of the absenteeism problem will also throw off the curve as well.

    Questions for CXC
    1) How can students attending exams be marked absent? Has an exam attendance list of each student been provided to the ministry for validation by each school to ascertain the true gravity of the absenteeism problem.
    2) Put the grading schemes used for every subject out in the open?

    Ministry of Education
    1) Has the ministry publicly stated what they are doing apart from having closed door negotiations with CXC? They hold all the power in the CXC relationship and need to wield it to equally benefit all students.
    2) Why is Santia Bradshaw not rushing to holding gymnasium or Zoom meetings with parents?

    Disjointed Interest Groups
    1) Why are you not protesting in front the MOE instead of CXC? CXC can easily divide and ignore vocal but miniscule groups but if you get the full backing of the ministry and all push in the same direction.

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  • HC and QC win the bulk of the scholarships every year because they get the top students from the CEE (11+). Yes the ministry and schools receive the broadsheets with the detail results. It will show what we can surmise using commonsense, the schools with the top students get the best results.

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  • David,

    I will present the receipts this week. No rush needed for my son. But this does need an explanation. They should not be allowed to dodge this question.

    TheO,

    An apology????? A return of fees for me and some form of compensation according to the damage suffered by the entrant! Not a lot of damage to my son, who is not depending on qualifications at present to get a job or pursue higher studies but plenty of damage to others. This has to be some form of negligance for which the CXC must pay.

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  • And yes, paper two would be what ultimately seperates the proverbial sheep from the goats if multiple choice questions are repeated ad nauseum.

    I too believe that was the problem. From the very beginning I questioned the wisdom of that decision.

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  • All agree the CXC made some questionable decisions forced by the pandemic. That said, mistakes are made by the best. Now that the matter has been fully ventilated we look forward to changes/remediation that will be implemented to improve the regional institution. It is a homegrown entity established to grow our identity. If CXC is allowed to fail, it will reflect on US.

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  • But the matter has not been fully ventilated.

    I for one do NOT believe ONE WORD the CXC uttered.

    They have not accepted liability for their mistakes. They have attempted to shift the blame to teachers, a despicable act. They have sidestepped the issue of the NUMEROUS ABSENT RETURNS for students who have receipts of attendance.

    Typical response of a Caribbean entity. NEVER ADMIT MISTAKES. ALWAYS SHIFT BLAME.

    As far as I am concerned, they have ZERO CREDIBILITY.

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  • Is an apology part of our public culture? We get people who make mistakes and fabricate but rather than apologise when caught out, they offer ‘explanations’, re-focus the discussions, skip and dance.
    Does an apology demonstrate a weakness or an inherent inability to be wrong?

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  • David,

    Yes! This is two days straight I have had to agree with Hal Austin. Indeed it is a Bajan and perhaps Caribbean Condition, not being able to admit a foul up.

    The English examination council did just that, fixed the problem and moved on.

    People who are confidant in their humanity can admit when they make an error, as all of us do. I believe it is the sick need to prove ourselves human (rather than ape) that prevents us from doing so. Instead we choose attempted cover ups that make us look stupid and mendicant to boot.

    Fact – humans make mistakes. There is, in fact, nothing more human than making mistakes.

    We need to get over it.

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  • “Suppose a child has no secure place to keep his/her receipts. ”

    one child already can’t remember where he put his…yje parent said…am sure there are many more…it’s still CXCs fault…

    “Why is Santia Bradshaw not rushing to holding gymnasium or Zoom meetings with parents?”

    oh she knows why, they all do…and so do others

    “CXC is allowed to fail, it will reflect on US.”..

    no it wont, speak for thyself…it will REFLECT ONLY ON CXC AND THE GOVERNMENTS THAT HAVE ENABLED THEIR ARROGANT, UPPITY SHIT FOR DECADES….only because..

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  • @Donna

    Striving for excellence is analogous to traveling a rough rough road and although you are tired and dehydrated the will to reach the destination must not be allowed to be extinguished. What the blogmaster has a problem with is Caribbean people denigrating our regional institutions that for the most part have served us well.

    In this case CXC.

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  • @ Hal
    Our Ministry of Education is one of the most corrupt in the region. At this time teachers are complaining daily about the same problems encountered 40 years ago. The entire educational system will eventually collapse and it will gave nothing to do with CXC. Quite frankly the CXC issue has been welcome because in our case it has taken the emphasis off the lies told about tablets and how effectively the return to school has been working. However the truth will be out .
    I do agree with you and @ Donna that a real apology is in order. This matter has been handled very poorly. The big boy at CXC should be now looking for a job. He was insensitive to the students and the parents.
    As for Sir Hilary , he is now the de facto Prime Minister of the Caribbean.
    When he speaks not a dog barks.
    Peace.

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  • @ William

    It is clear that an apology is needed. This is CoVid year and many other countries got things wrong. What is more important is improving the system.
    We must start from the very beginning and go right to the top. There is a Caribbean (Bajan) habit of trying to ‘explain’ their mistakes, put their fabrications in context, shift the blame. I am sure that CXC will soon blame the parents.
    I still do not understand why Harrison College comes top nearly every year for all our national awards. Is it resources, the quality and qualifications of the teachers, the expectations, what?
    We must find out why this is the case and fix it, or just accept that it is inevitable and continue down this dark path. There is not a single reason why ALL our secondary schools cannot perform at the highest level.
    It seems to me as if the children, parents, teachers, politicians and general public accept that some schools just outperform the others without asking questions.
    CXC cockups are short-term, but if we want to compete with the rest of the world we must get these things right. And with a president, herself a former education minister, and a Cabinet made up of more lawyers than a high court, this is another failure.

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  • “he is now the de facto Prime Minister of the Caribbean.”

    ah, Sir Slave Title Holder waiint and waiting and waiting for a billion dollar pay reparations pay out…lawd…to build sick buildings…..

    he better REJIG those dreams and settle for a nice little area in Africa so he can be President Sir Slave…..it will be much less stressful.

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  • “In this case CXC.”

    right, CXC was working free, no wonder ministry of miseducation is operating at a late 1970s level, yall to sentimental..that kills progress.

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  • A return of fees or the opportunity to sit the exam again (free) is a minor issue. Not certain what you mean by damage and how it will be quantified.

    Are lawsuits now seen as required to make people whole.

    “CXC is allowed to fail, it will reflect on US.”

    This has motivated my comments. What is required for CXC to survive with it’s reputation intact and be still seen as a credible examination board.

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  • David,
    .
    .Fact – CXC fouled up! I don’t know for how long but I know about this time because I have the receipts.

    Denigrating our institutions would be a term used when there is unjustified criticism. If CXC had not come out barking like a big bulldog and had not tried to shift blame to teachers while ignoring or downplaying ALL THE OTHER ISSUES THAT COULD NOT HAVE HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH TEACHERS and yet are implementing a great number of changes (why, if nothing is wrong) I would not be overly critical.

    This thing smells of smoke. And when there is smoke there is fire. These people, however “prominent” are attempting to save CXC’s face with mealy mouth statements.

    Nothing new to me. And you?

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  • @Donna

    CXC was smacked down if we understand the statements from MOEs across the region and the CXC Council is charged with making certain decisions and changes. It is a process.

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  • TheO,

    Sit the examination again when? Do you not realise that this could set back a child’s life significantly? I leave the compensation to the legal system but you continue to show insensitivity to the mostly young people who have had their lives upended or put on hold.

    There will be not be any compensation for me and so my motives are not selfish. You could give your opinion to the parents who have already threatened legal action.

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  • It is not insensitivity.

    If CXC is unable to locate the scripts, what should happen?

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  • Compensation of some sort is in order for their negligence.

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  • Going to the absurd to make the point.

    If all of a students exams are missing what should he/she do. I think the best course of action is to take the exam when it is offered again as I fear that the compensation may not last a life time.

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  • Ever heard of taking the exam again AND demanding compensation for having to do so? Time is money. Time has been taken out of the lives of these children.

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  • We all agree that CXC screwed up.
    We all agree that they should fix the mess.
    We differ on the how??
    ——x—–
    Here is where I am at

    We must explore the next steps on how affected students get back on track. Some tracks will take time
    ——xx—-
    Now I lose a ‘friend’

    I am not being insensitive here.

    What CXC has are the data.

    What parents and students have are hurt feelings and unrealized expectations.

    I suspect in a court case CXC may fare better than expected.

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  • We all agree that CXC screwed up.
    We all agree that they should fix the mess.
    We differ on the how??
    ——x—–
    Here is where I am at

    We must explore the next steps on how affected students get back on track. Some tracks will take time
    ——xx—-
    Now I lose a ‘friend’

    I am not being insensitive here.

    What CXC has are the data.

    What parents and students have are hurt feelings and unrealized expectations.

    I suspect in a court case CXC may fare better than expected.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    I suspect CXC would lose a court case because they have most likely broken the contract by scrapping Paper Two in addition to marking students absent at exams they were present for without giving satisfactory explanation in the eyes of the court.

    The quickest way to me is to see what the ministry says and bring an urgent class action suit grouping together the most aggrieved students to force their hand and bring forward the hidden data they have about what really went on behind closed doors.

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  • Mia thinks she is leading the way in helping CXC get paid for their crime against the Caribbean’s children..talking shite bout Barbados isnt begging, wonder if she owes CXC, but Trinidad is not having any of it, they told CXC to waive the review fee…..they are not in bed with organization it seems…

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  • “Jamaica College students are now breathing a sigh of relief with their adjusted grades after being stumped when earlier Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results showed that over 90 per cent of them had failed English A.

    So, too, is acting principal Wayne Robinson, who told The Gleaner that the updated results have been heralded with great joy.

    The adjusted exam results show that the 299 boys who sat English A performed as well as expected, with almost all of them passing.

    Robinson said the school was awaiting the updated results from the other subject areas, which it has queried.

    “We are all happy about these adjusted grades and are now just waiting on the rest from CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) office. Our students would have been waiting on the corrected results to make their next move on to university or sixth form,” Robinson said.

    “We are still in the process as the date has been extended, so it will probably go on until November,” he added.”

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  • CXC overlooks high achievers
    MUCH HAS BEEN SAID by Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) officials, or more specifically its beleaguered registrar Dr Wayne Wesley, in response to the claim by hundreds of Caribbean students who have justifiably claimed that the results given to them in the 2020 CAPE and CSEC exams do not match their expected performances. More importantly however, is what has not been said.
    In all his responses thus far, Dr Wesley has chosen to quote general statistics to show that there has been a general improvement in student performances from previous years.
    In a classic demonstration of how to conveniently use statistics, the registrar, in one of his early postoutcry press conferences, was quoted as saying: “For the CAPE results, the performance from 2017 to 2020 showed a gradual improvement in those candidates receiving acceptable grades – and note that this year the performance is 93.25 per cent . . . .”
    (Acceptable grades, of course, include IIIs and IVs.)
    Deliberately avoided
    Similarly, in a press conference of October 18, when asked about the number of requests for review this year, Wesley kept insisting that it was less than one per cent of the total number of candidates who had entered for examinations.
    Lost in all of this is one fact deliberately avoided by Wesley’s wall of evasive statistics. The real issue is that it is the statistically small cohort of high achievers who feel themselves “unfaired” by CXC in 2020.
    The case of these students is not hard to disprove. All one needs to do is to examine the previous in-school and external examination performance records of these students from Common Entrance to CSEC and CAPE Level I, and the sharp drop in their performances in 2020 will become immediately clear.
    Indeed, Wesley himself inadvertently let slip the negative fallout on the high achievers: “In 2019, 21 696 candidates received a Grade 1.
    In 2020 that number was 21 243.”.
    The difference is 453 fewer ones.
    Among, who pray tell, would these 453 ones be distributed, if not the top 150 high achievers in the Caribbean, the fewer than one per cent?
    Regional movement
    The real question is, why the drop? The answer may lie in CXC’s overzealous decision to remark the school-based assessments (SBAs) out of professional differences with schoolbased first-markers. It is unlikely that the CXC crusaders anticipated that the shock of poor results would have so galvanised these high achievers into a regional movement for justice.
    There is some hope however, that the intervention of the chairman’s review team, as well as the persistence of the mobilised aggrieved students who are in genuine shock given their long histories of high achievement, will prompt a more respectful acceptance of the initial assessments of the SBA, by teachers in our school system who have had the longest exposure to and long track records of educating the region’s bright high achievers.

    Dr Tennyson Joseph is a political scientist at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, specialising in regional affairs.
    Email tjoe2008@live.com.

    Source: Nation

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  • “In 2019, 21 696 candidates received a Grade 1.
    In 2020 that number was 21 243.”.

    This is the crux of his argument that higher grades were penalized. Without the two denominators he does not have a valid argument.

    It would be good to have the total numbers for the two years.

    As an example, if the totals were 30,640 for 2019 and 30,000 for 2020 then 70.8% would have received a grade 1 in both years.

    It is fallacious to believe that we have the same denominator in both years. The subtraction by itself is nonsense.

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  • Did you find the document to be impossible to read or is it my phone that is giving me a blurry image.

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  • The document is fine. It is embedded there best navigated on a tablet or desktop.

    Interesting one of the recommendations is for CXC to schedule workshops to close the gap between CXC moderation and teacher.

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  • @waru 8:52
    How do you go from 94% failing to almost all of them passing.

    It does not compute.

    Despite the outcry from students and parents, I thought these examination boards would be able to strongly defend the grades they
    awarded. To me this was the Maginot line.

    Like the French line, this CXC line may also has been breached.

    I will wait until the dust settles. In the last story like this one, CXC claim they were unaware of the reported grades change.

    Donna, parents and students fight on…

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  • “I will wait until the dust settles. In the last story like this one, CXC claim they were unaware of the reported grades change.”

    hope ya are closer to 25 years old than 50, or you will be waiting decades, along with all the shit that can happen in between. You have stayed off the island too long, i used to be just like you.

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  • Absolutely refuse to hurt my head or eyes reading that final report, CXC has volumes of lawyers from their ANNUAL PARASITIC SUCKING on regional governments income, they got volumes of lawyers and CAN PAY for them to draft and write shite for YEARS ON END, some people love that work…….so good luck…

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  • @wura
    “hope ya are closer to 25 years old than 50,”

    🙂 🙂
    I did not know that you did jokes.
    Seems like you are softening up.

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  • “Seems like you are softening up.”

    lol…the truth finally showing up after decades of lying to the people and many more years of telling us on the Blog that we are liars, is probably the catalyst to soften the hardest person….a lot of the deniers have finally shut up…they finally found something worthwhile to do with their time, or are just simply sitting behind their screens in shock and awe..

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  • https://barbadostoday.bb/2020/10/23/give-us-the-details/

    How can a person get it and not get it at the same time. Doesn’t she realize that without credibility there is no CXC? The certificate would be useless.

    “I think overall, it seems quite frankly that CXC, in trying to protect its credibility as an examining body perhaps didn’t consider what the result would mean to its students who should be at the forefront of any concerns or objectives. Clearly there is a disconnect between CXC’s focus on credibility and what it did with the grading, and the output that has left thousands of students at a disadvantage,” she said.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    All these utterances and press statements mean absolutely nothing. When are they going to talk to their lawyers as a group and bring some injunctions to prevent CXC from destroying any scripts under penalty of law and provide the raw data for the last few years that a truly independent statistical analysis and review of the results can be done.

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  • Critical Analyzer

    Did CXC breach any terms and conditions with their grading changes?

    Where are the lawyers that like to be up front and center commenting on unimportant issues

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  • Some excerpts – Read the documents for yourself
    #1 The issue of using the teachers’ predicted grades for each subject was considered as one option in the
    initial grading model but was excluded in the final analysis because a statistical analysis of data for
    previous years found a weak correlation between the final grade for the three papers and the teachers’
    predicted grade in general.

    #2 Candidates are reported “ungraded: no School-Based Assessment received” if the required School-Based
    Assessment scores were not submitted by the presenting institution on their behalf or if, the Council having requested samples of the work done by the class, none is submitted by the presenting institution.

    #3 The Chief Examiners attributed the higher marks that teachers tended to award for the SBA to a number of factors, including:
    i. the lack of thoroughness and vigilance by teachers while marking SBAs, leading to the award of full marks in some instances for areas that students did not even attempt;
    ii. projects submitted by a number of candidates were inconsistent with the expectations of the scoring rubrics and the requirements of the syllabus;
    iii. overuse of informal sources from the internet which detracted from the quality of SBA assignments;
    iv. the misguided belief that the CXC moderators would be inclined to reduce teachers’ marks and that some element of mark inflation would protect their students from falling below their expected grade.

    You know I have my biases. Read it for yourself. These were just to show it is a complicated situation. There are some interesting statistical approaches mentioned in the document

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  • Good that the comments can now be informed.

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  • Students caught off guard
    As a former examiner for the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), I am motivated by the plethora of uninformed comment and the emotional outbursts of frustrated students of our sixth-form schools and their parents to offer the following comments on the 2020 CAPE Examination results.
    First of all, let me offer sincere congratulations to the 23 former students of Harrison College (HC) who were awarded the 11 Barbados Scholarships and 12 Exhibitions.
    The much-maligned school decisively silenced all the many detractors, particularly those who have been extolling the virtue of the rival school at Husbands, Queen’s College (QC), which outperformed HC last year, prompting commentators to argue prematurely that the days of HC’s dominance were over.
    The question to be asked is: Why did the Harrison College students do well, while those from QC and Foundation did less well and the unfortunates from Combermere, The Lodge, St Michael, Springer and Alexandra failed to step up to the plate?
    The answers seem to lie mainly in the subject Caribbean Studies, although students seem to have over estimated their performances in other subjects.
    According to CXC Registrar, Dr Wayne Wesley: “Usually CXC marks a sample of the SBAs (school-based assessments) papers, but this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, almost 100 per cent were moderated from across the Caribbean, a move that uncovered leniency by teachers.”
    Therein lies the rub, because the Caribbean Studies paper, which is one of the two (the other being Communication Studies) on which the scholarships and exhibitions are awarded, was more rigorously assessed this year, and both students and teachers were caught ‘redhanded’. Some teachers had not submitted the SBAs, some were lenient, as Wesley states, and others misdirected their unsuspecting charges by ignoring the protocols of SBA writing.
    In the past, some candidates in Barbados and around the region were awarded easy marks for the SBA (for example, 110 out of 120 maximum) and the school’s entrants were all uniformly given the inflated grade, when indeed the SBA might be worth only 80 out of 120. This year, CXC unwisely omitted the essay paper (Paper II) which tested the candidates’ ability to set forth reasoned arguments on questions covering Caribbean geography, environmental issues, economics, political issues, culture, religion, ethnicity, media, sport, history, festivals and development challenges.
    Some students and teachers were lulled into a false sense of security because they had to deal with only the multiple choice paper and the truncated SBA (only 1 500 words as opposed to 3 000 in the past). The result can be seen today. The
    students at HC were thoroughly prepared for the new and revised Caribbean Studies assessment, while those from other schools were caught under-prepared by their teachers and their own mistaken sense of being Grade I candidates.
    We who follow the HC preparation, knew from May this year that the HC children in the scholarship “loop” (those with four and three Grade 1s in their four subjects in Lower Sixth), were excellently prepared for Caribbean Studies. Kudos must therefore go out to Mrs Greaves and her staff who taught the subject.
    Not to be omitted from the round of praise and congratulations are the teachers who gave “lessons” on Saturdays, in some cases free of charge, to ensure that all HC students were well prepared for the multiple choice and submitted well researched SBAs which conformed to the CXC protocols and requirements.
    I must also point to the fact that Guyana’s minister of education stated that “some teachers did not submit their SBAs on time or not at all”.
    The point of this letter is that CXC needs to organise workshops for CAPE subjects, especially Caribbean studies, in order to standardise all the current and new sixth form teachers, so that teachers will not continue to “do their own thing” in this extremely critical subject, and frustrated students/ candidates and their parents will not continue to blame CXC for the “sins” of the same children and of their teachers.
    We must remember that while anyone can take up a book and educate oneself in CSEC (‘O’ Level subjects) and pass the exams, no one can pass the CAPE (Advanced Level) without careful and concentrated guidance from teachers.
    Therefore, I repeat – the HC students were well prepared this year, those from other schools were not. Let us stop blaming CXC or Wesley and instead try to put into practice what Harrison College did so magnificently this year.
    – BRADLEY CLARKE

    Source: Nation

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