Friday 18 October, 2019

Education Ministry meets with CXC over SEA exam errors

The Education Ministry has met with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) regarding the detection of errors with three questions on Mathematics and Language Arts exam papers yesterday.

A team of officials with the Ministry today met with Director of Operations at CXC Stephen Savoury, who apologised to the Ministry for the errors in the two papers.

A decision was taken that those items would not be marked as part of the examinations.

The CXC official gave the assurance that quality mechanisms will be reviewed to avoid any such occurrence in the future.

A request was then made by the Ministry that the exam process be reviewed by the CXC with the involvement of the Ministry.

While the responsibility to develop the three SEA papers lies with the CXC, the Chief Education Officer emphasised that, going forward, the Ministry must review the final version of the papers before they are sent for printing.

Savoury assured that the entire paper development process will be reviewed by the CXC. 

A complete review of their processes will take place before next year with the changes to be communicated in an official document which will be forwarded to the Ministry.

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