The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE) examinations will begin July 13 and end August 04, 2020. Some 58,720 students have registered to sit the CSEC examinations and 16,184 are registered to sit the CAPE. Results are expected to be released by the third week of September 2020.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI), has established a period for exam preparation for secondary students from Monday, June 08 to Friday, July 03, after which students will proceed on study leave. This time in the classroom will also be used to complete the School Based Assessments (SBAs).
Students with comorbidities and those unable to wear a mask for long periods, due to hypersensitivity issues, will continue with remote learning.
Administration and Assessment of Exams
• Exams will be administered using paper and computer-based modalities
• Students will be assessed using their Paper 01 (multiple choice) grades, along with grades from their SBAs.
• Candidates of Modern Languages, Human and Social Biology and Visual Arts are required to sit additional components. For further information on these components, visit: https://www.cxc.org/cxc-statement-july-2020/
• For information on CSEC examination schedules, visit:
• For information on CAPE exam schedules, visit:
Safety Measures Implemented
• ‘Education in Emergencies’ Guidelines: The MOEYI has released globally recognised protocols for the safety of students and staff. For further information, visit: https://moey.gov.jm/guidelines-reopening-school
• Virtual health training workshops: The MOEYI and the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) implemented health and safety workshops for the reopening of schools. These were held from May 29 through to the week of June 01. The workshops hosted Principals, Board Chairmen, Education Officers, school nurses and other key stakeholders.
• Cleaning and sanitisation: The MOEYI began cleaning schools on June 01, a week ahead of students’ return to school.
• Physical distancing protocol: Students will now sit 6ft apart and the Ministry has advised that an average sized classroom (24ftx24ft), will now accommodate only ten students and one teacher.
• Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The Ministry has provided for all schools masks, gloves, hand-held temperature check devices, hand washing stations (where needed), alcohol, sanitisers and soap. The school staff will manage the distribution of PPEs.
Additional Government Assistance
The Government of Jamaica (GOJ) will facilitate requests for transportation assistance for a limited number of students on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) and other needy students whose family situations have worsened since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Students on PATH will also continue to receive nutritional benefits.
For further Information, contact:
Ministry of Education, Youth and Information
2a National Heroes Circle
Ministry of Labour & Social Security
14 National Heroes Circle
Tel: 876-922-8000-13 (Social Security Division)
Ministry of Health and Wellness
10-16 Grenada Crescent