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Monday, Nov 30, 2020

BVI schools send multiple complaints to CXC after 2020 exams

BVI schools send multiple complaints to CXC after 2020 exams

Several institutions in the BVI submitted multiple queries to the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) following this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.

In an exclusive interview with BVI News, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said these queries were asking for a review of specific results of specific subjects for several school centres across the territory.

In some cases, they also raised questions about inconsistent School-Based Assessment scores and ungraded results.

Dr Wheatley said St Georges Secondary School, Bregado Flax Educational Centre, the H Lavity Stoutt Community College, and the BVI Seventh-day Adventist School were among the institutions that sent numerous queries to CXC.

The queries were sent to CXC on October 12.

“These queries are not just specific to students, some queries are [requesting an] across-the-board review of a particular subject,” Dr Wheatley explained.

Queries justifiable


He added that the queries from the BVI are justified like those of many others across the Caribbean.

“While I think we did have some commendable results even some of the persons who did very well, were querying some of their results. I think it’s just out of a sense of pride in one’s own hard work that our students are seeking their rightful results,” Dr Wheatley said.

Earlier this week, CXC announced that it has implemented a number of measures to appease hundreds of aggrieved students across the Caribbean who complained about unacceptable grades received after they sat the modified 2020 exams.

Following a flood of complaints, CXC said the fee for a review is US$15 — a 50 percent reduction of the original cost.

“Those persons who have already paid for a review, the difference will be refunded,” Dr Wesley told reporters across the Caribbean.

CXC has also discontinued its policy where a review can result in a reduced grade.

Those who get an improvement on their grades after the review will get a full refund of the fee they paid.

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