CXC and Ministry of Education, Jamaica Hold High-Level Meeting

The Caribbean Examinations Council and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Jamaica have reached an amicable agreement as it relates to recent issues regarding examination and specifically surrounding the Penwood School case at a high-level meeting held on Thursday 22 September 2016.

The meeting which examined the systems and protocols which exist within both organizations to address various issues reinforced the principles that govern the partnership relationship between the two entities and procedures that are to be followed when problems occur. Both entities gave commitments to improve communication between the organizations as well as to strengthening the existing working relationship.

They reaffirmed that as the leading regional examinations body, the integrity of CXC certifications must be upheld as they work together to serve the learners of the region.

It was noted that CXC has clear policies to ensure the rights of candidates are not prejudiced from any actions that affect their performance. These can range from hardships, irregularities, queries and review of their results.  There are clear processes that must be followed in their entirety so that all candidates’ concerns are fully investigated and the necessary action taken so as not to disadvantage any candidate.

It was also noted that there is the need for a review of the existing polices to support the move towards electronic and online testing and allowance and contingencies must be put in place to support the transition.

CXC further advised that recently submitted projects are being marked and the updated results will be provided by the end of October which is the normal time for the release of final results.