Following the conclusion of an investigation launched on Wednesday, May, 17 2023, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has confirmed that the Mathematics Paper II of the 2023 exam was leaked ahead of the administration of the examination on that day.
The council confirmed this in a statement released today, May 19, 2023, and added that it has been in constant contact with regional Ministries of Education since this information came to light with investigations concluded.
“The security measures which CXC® has put in place has led to us locating the country as Jamaica and the examination center where the leak originated. In discussion with the Ministry of Education and Youth, the matter will be dealt with following CXC’s security protocols,” the statement added.
Up to publication time, Minister for
Education Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL) had not released any information
pertaining to the impact of the leak on VI students.
Paper 1 & SBA's to determine grade - CXC
On the way forward, CXC and regional Ministries of Education said they recognize that candidates have spent months preparing for their Mathematics Paper 02 examinations and the news of the security breach (leak) of the examination has caused much anxiety and concern.
“As a result of the breach and the compromise of the examination, as well as consideration for the mental health and wellbeing of our candidates, timely release of results, and matriculation requirements, CXC® has determined that for this examination the modified approach will be used to award fair and valid grades.
The Examination body added that the modified approach entails assessment of the School Based Assessment (SBA) or Paper 032 (Alternative to SBA) for private candidates; and Paper 01
CXC added that the decision was communicated to the regional Ministries of Education via a meeting held this morning May 19, 2023.
Efforts to reach the Minister for Education, Hon Sharie B. deCastro (AL), for a comment were futile.