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Jamaica’s Education MInister appeals to Barbadian counterpart to press CXC to postpone this year’s exams


by Dawne Parris (Barbados Today) Authorities in Jamaica have appealed to Barbados’ Minister of Education Kay McConney, in her capacity as chairperson of CARICOM’s Council for Human and Social Development (COHSOD), for an urgent meeting in a final bid to get the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) to postpone this year’s exams.

McConney’s Jamaican counterpart Fayval Williams said she sent correspondence last Friday seeking the meeting, after several appeals to CXC to delay the exams since January went unheeded. It also came a day after a CXC official told Barbados TODAY that the regional examinations body had no intention of changing the exam schedule.

“COHSOD is the last level in terms of calling attention to this problem,” said Williams who indicated that officials in Jamaica want to present a case, “as to why we believe the exam dates should be pushed back”, to the CARICOM body which is mandated to, among other things, promote the development of education through the efficient organisation of educational and training facilities, including elementary and advanced vocational training and technical facilities.

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