There is uncertainty surrounding the future of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate(CSEC).
The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) had made a regional decision that the exams be held in July – a decision that was not accepted by Jamaica’s Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, – a move that has been met with disapproval by the opposition.
“We believe that students who are willing and prepared to sit the CAPE and CSEC examinations in July 2020 must be allowed to do so.” says Bunting.
Bunting goes further to explain that the Government should allow students in Grades 11 to 13 to attend supplemental classes which covers intensive refresher material from June 1, 2020, until the beginning of CSEC exams in July.
“We believe this gives them the best opportunity to do well in the July CSEC and CAPE exams and avoids delaying their careers unnecessarily especially for those who are already prepared,” he says.
Bunting believes that this proposal gives students the option of a second chance. If they fail the July exam, they should be allowed a re-sit in January 2021 at no additional cost. According to him, this gives this student cohort an opportunity to move forward with minimal delays and interruptions.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is expected to provide a decision on the exams next week.
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