The Minister of Education, Fayval Williams, has called for an investigation into several anomalies regarding results from the recent Caribbean Examination Council, CXC, exams.
The call comes after several parents raised concerns over inconsistent results.
In one instance, a student achieved full A’s for their profile.
However, the student received a grade six as the final grade.
Minister Williams says in light of public concerns and initial observations by the Education Ministry, she’s written to the Chairman of Caribbean Examination Council, Sir Hillary Beckles.
She’s requesting a thorough investigation into the anomalies.
The Education Minister is also seeking to ascertain from CXC the circumstances that led to results being sent directly to students before schools and the Ministry.
It says this occurrence prevented the Ministry from identifying, in advance, anomalies or errors in the results.
The Minster emphasized, in her letter, that it is in the interest of the Caribbean examination ecosystem that confidence remains in the system.
As such, she says a transparent investigation must commence immediately.
The Education Minister is assuring the public that the Ministry continues to advocate in the interest of Jamaica and will ensure that the challenges being faced by Jamaican students are effectively addressed and resolved.
Meanwhile, Opposition Spokeswoman on Education, Dr. Angela Brown Burke, says she supports the call for a review of inconsistent exam results.
Dr Brown Burke says she notes the concerns raised by students about the inconsistency in grades and their insistence on a process of review.
She also notes the comments from Dr. Wayne Wesley, CXC Registrar, regarding the total number of formal queries being made which he believes is not significant.
Dr. Brown Burke is therefore calling for immediate dialogue amongst all stakeholders for clearer ventilating of the issues surrounding the recent CXC performance report
CXC In Dialogue with Stakeholders over 2020 Results
Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council, CXC, Dr Wayne Wesley says they’ve been in dialogue with stakeholders to discuss concerns about the 2020 CSEC and CAPE exam results.
Dr Wesley says they’ll be looking deeply into the respective areas of concerns.
Meanwhile, Dr Wesley notes that despite the challenges and recent concerns with the exams and the related results, students performed much better this year than the past few years.