The Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, JAPSS, says it does not come as a surprise that some students have opted to defer sitting CXC and CAPE exams this year.

Speaking at Wednesday’s Post Cabinet media briefing, Education Minister, Fayval Williams said more than 6,000 high school students have deferred the sitting of this year’s CXC exams.

In an interview with our news center Thursday afternoon, President of JAPSS Linvern Wright explained that students are taking a stance for what they believe is in their best interest at this time.

Mr. Wright explained that a deferral can have adverse impact on the students in the long term.

Minister Williams says education ministry officials believe schools will have enough space to accommodate the students in the new school year.

However Wright says he is not certain how students who have deferred will be accommodated next year.

Linvern Wright, President of JAPSS

The Education Minister says the Ministry will shortly be issuing an advisory to students about school placement.