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Tabaquite MP and shadow education minister Anita Haynes.

MP for Tabaquite Ms Anita Haynes is urging the Ministry of Education to advocate on behalf of parents and students who are worried about the time to prepare for the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations in May. Ms Haynes says she is aware of the obstacles presented to education delivery by the COVID-19 pandemic, however, she took issue with the government’s lack of support for schools, especially those with fewer resources.

The following is a press release from MP Haynes:

The Member of Parliament for Tabaquite is urging the Ministry of Education to advocate on behalf of students preparing for the upcoming Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations in May.

MP Anita Haynes reiterated the concerns of students and parents who are worried that there is not adequate time for proper exam preparation, “In the past I’ve raised the challenges to curriculum completion. There is also the customary exam practice period to be considered. As the examination schedule draws nearer, many schools are simply running out of time to complete teaching, not to mention embarking on mock examinations.”

Ms. Haynes acknowledged the ongoing obstacles presented to education delivery by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, she took issue with the government’s lack of support for schools, especially those with fewer resources, “There is a feeling of being abandoned by the Ministry of Education that some stakeholders are experiencing.

For yet another year, schools have been left to crowdfund resources. Students’ realities and needs are also not being sufficiently considered in decision making. We can look to our neighbour Barbados, once again leading the way in student advocacy with CXC. It renders the continued silence from our own government on this matter even more disappointing.”

Haynes is calling on the Ministry of Education to join our regional neighbours in negotiating for later exam dates, “The most important thing is to give students the opportunity to do their best. I am calling on the Education Minister to take the role of student advocate more seriously this time around. We must do everything possible to minimise recurrences of the negative experiences and outcomes of last year’s examinations which saw many disenchanted students struggling to fend for themselves.”