Thursday 26 November, 2020

CXC agrees to reduce exam review fees

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has agreed to a 50 per cent wavier of the review fees for 2020 examinations.

The decision was taken following a meeting with CXC Registrar Dr Wayne Wesley and his team and regional Education Ministers on October 19.

The meeting was held to discuss queries made subsequent to the release of the 2020 CSEC and CAPE results and the report of the Independent Review Team appointed to investigate the matter.

Ministers present at the meeting recommended that CXC waive the total cost of reviews for 2020 examinations.

CXC committed to take the request to the Council for consideration, and Tuesday notified the Education Ministry that it voted in favour of the 50 per cent wavier of the review fees.

As of Tuesday, there were 2,352 requests for reviews from Trinidad and Tobago students for CSEC and 3,325 for CAPE.

The Ministry subsequently wrote to CXC requesting that they honour the commitment made to review school-level concerns without the need for students to apply individually, and without cost, based on the large number of queries raised by schools at the subject level.

The entire list of school-level concerns received at the Ministry of Education was also resubmitted for urgent attention.

The CXC has committed to the following for review of 2020 grades:

1. Remarking reviewed scripts- not simply re-tallying

2. Abandoning the possibility of grade diminution

3. A reduction in the review fee to $15 US

4. Expeditious turn-around time for reviews

The Ministry advised students in the process of making individual requests for review of their CXC examination grades for 2020 to continue to use the stipulated process for doing so. The deadline for these requests is November 6.

Further, the Ministry said it will continue to monitor the progress of the review process, and will disclose the procedure by which reimbursement of review fees will be made.

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