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Local CXC Registrar addresses questions on the public release of the 2021 exam results

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by Kevon Browne

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The students of St. Kitts and Nevis are gearing up for another exam season starting on Monday, May 23, 2022, after the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) announced a three-week postponement of the administration of the regional exams.

The official timetables will be published on the CXC® website on May 4, 2022, and will be available to students in the Online Students’ Portal.

The results are expected to be released to the local registrar in late August or early September 2022.

However, the results from the 2021 sitting of the exams have yet to be shared with the public.

A question was asked during the media briefing hosted by CXC on April 27 on whether there were any outstanding results for St. Kitts and Nevis, which could have been why the results were not publicly announced.

A CXC official stated, “There are no outstanding results that I am aware of for St. Kitts and Nevis. Remember, we work with our local Registrar, and if needs be, I would encourage that you make contact with your local registrar, and we will work with them to ensure that we do not have any issues or resolve [any issues] as quickly as possible.”

However, the local Registrar shared that context had to be added as to why the results were not shared as yet.

“Those things came in March; we are now moving into exam administration, preparation and the like, so the focus shifts; it’s the timing. The focus shifts from what you’re dealing with at the time… it’s a matter for us to decide when would be the appropriate time for us to make that announcement. Right now, we are dealing with everything as it relates to exam administration, SBA’s and the like, so that would be the focus. So I don’t know when we are going to determine when we are going to do that. If we are going to wait until the end of the exam period this year if we are going to make it a part of it, are we going to do two releases, a finalised release for 2021 or just do the comparison between 2021 and 2022, I don’t know. That discussion has not been had, so I would be speaking prematurely,” said Solomon Claxton, CXC Registrar in St. Kitts and Nevis in an interview with Journalist Jermin Abel.

The Registrar explained that they did not go with a briefing on the preliminary results this year because of the timing in which they received the results, and the results were subject to change, so declaring top students at that time would be ill-advised.

“The results for the past two years have been occurring when the term begins. Realise we normally get them in August; you’re not getting them when they would have occurred… when the results were released last year; in particular, a number of subjects did not have their results at that time. It would have been premature to have a briefing with so many grades out; I think for us, we would still want to maintain having the briefing of the results at the preliminary level, we may still want to maintain that and it is subject to correction, or we may decide to move towards not having that until the results are finalised, and so when you come to the public you can say categorically, this is the top student.”

Claxton explained that the Ministry is deciding whether to continue with the preliminary release of results in the future or wait for the final results and criteria from CXC. He cited that delays in some subject areas, criteria for outstanding students and grade review requests are determining factors in the way forward for disseminating CXC results.

“And that, for me, is the problem we incur each time when we use the preliminary results because CXC is not going to provide to us finalised listings or rankings/rank order until on their end the results are finalised. But when you go to the public and say Jermaine returned 17 Grade I, the expectation is that Jermaine is the top CSEC student, not realising that when you say Jermain returned 17 Grade I and one Grade II and the Grade II was in Spanish, he no longer qualifies for most outstanding student because he must have returned a Grade I in that foreign language.”

Claxton said he could not speak to when or how the results for 2021 will be communicated as yet, but they are weighing the options.

Students that sat the 2021 CXC exams received their certificates in March, with the preliminary results for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) released in October 2021.

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