Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly stuck to her promise yesterday to write to the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) seeking clarity on several issues relating to the ongoing situation regarding students’ grades.
But in response CXC again only committed to a 50 per cent reduction in the review fee that students must pay and did not commit to a full waiver.
In a release, officials confirmed the Ministry of Education (MOE) wrote to CXC on October 27, “requesting they honour the commitment made to review school-level concerns without the need for students to apply individually, and without cost, based on the myriad queries raised by schools at the subject level.”
Additionally, the MOE resubmitted a list of concerns received from parents and students.
The MOE said CXC had committed to the following for a review of 2020 grades including the remarking of reviewed scripts- not simply re-tallying; abandoning the possibility of grade diminution; a reduction in the review fee to US $15; and an expeditious turn-around time for reviews.
The ministry advised students who are in the process of making individual requests for review of their CXC examination grades for 2020, based on the deadline of November 6—they should continue to use the stipulated process for doing so.
Officials said they will continue to monitor the progress of the review process, and in short order, will disclose the procedure by which reimbursement of review fees will be accomplished, in accordance with the commitment made by the Government.
Gadsby-Dolly and Minister Lisa Morris-Julian along with other officials met with the Registrar of CXC, his team and other regional Ministers of Education on October 19, to discuss in detail the numerous queries made subsequent to the release of the 2020 CSEC and CAPE results and the report of the Independent Review Team appointed to investigate this matter.
In that meeting, the Ministers of Education present recommended that CXC waive the total cost of reviews for examinations in 2020.
CXC committed to take the request to the Council for consideration, and on October 27, indicated to the Ministry of Education that the Council voted in favour of the 50 per cent wavier of the review fees.
As of October 27, the number of requests for review from T&T students for CSEC stood at 2,352, while CAPE numbers stood at 3,325.