The Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC, is proposing a revised examination schedule in recognition of the disruption caused by the COVID19 pandemic.

In a statement this afternoon, the Council says it recognizes the impact of COVID-19 on the education system in general and, more specifically, on the schedule of CXC’s regional examinations. 

It’s moving to reduce the examination administration process to allow for results to be returned to students in the shortest possible time.

In its statement, CXC is proposing a revised examinations strategy to yield valid grades and minimize the disruption to the education system. 

Consequently, the Council says it has made the policy decision to administrate at least one common paper of multiple choice.

It will also allow School-Based Assessments, SBAs, and Paper 0-3-2’s for private candidates and award final grades based on the moderated SBAs and Multiple Choice Papers.

However, the CXC says additional components for modern languages such as Spanish and French, Human and Social Biology and Visual Arts will still be required.

The regional examination body says it’s strategy will employ the e-Testing modality in order to reduce the examinations’ administration processing time.

CXC says it believes this will result in the shortest turn-around time for marking and the release of examination results. 

While the proposed revised administration schedule for the May/June 2020 examinations is July 2020, it will continue to be guided by national protocols across the region.