St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The continued spread of the Coronavirus has forced executives at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to implement alternative measures for students to sit the Caribbean Secondary Certificate Examination (CSEC) which was scheduled to begin next month.
Following a meeting on Thursday (March 26), the regional examination body proposed a revised examination strategy to yield valid grades and minimize the disruption to the education system in the region, forcing them to reschedule the examination until July.
The examination council disclosed three policy initiatives, among others, that they expect to implement to offer the modified examination process
1. Administration of at least one common paper (Multiple Choice Assessments);
2. School Based Assessments (SBAs) and Paper 032s (Alternative to SBA) for private candidates; and,
3. Award final grades based on the moderated SBAs and Multiple Choice Papers.
In a media statement, the body noted that it recognises the impact of COVID-19 on the education system in general and, more specifically, on the schedule of CXC’s regional examinations.
To this end, the council stands in solidarity with the region and the international community they grapple with the impact of COVID-19 on their way of life.
The announcement by CXC comes on the heels of schools across the region being shut by the various ministries of education.
It was on Wednesday that the ministry in St. Kitts and Nevis announced the closure of schools across the island following the confirmation of the first cases on the island.