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  • Principals from secondary schools across the island got an opportunity to air concerns regarding the administration of Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) tests in Jamaica, during a forum held on Wednesday (December 4), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
  • Members of the Council, CXC’s highest decision-making body, are in the island for their annual governance meetings.
  • The CXC Council comprises representatives of 16 participating countries, UWI, University of Guyana and the teaching profession.

Principals from secondary schools across the island got an opportunity to air concerns regarding the administration of Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) tests in Jamaica, during a forum held on Wednesday (December 4), at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Among the issues raised to a panel from the CXC and officials from the Ministry of Education included the high fees for late submission of School-based Assessment (SBA); the proportion of markers for exams selected from Jamaica for certain subjects as opposed to other Caribbean territories; and additional compensation to teachers for administering SBAs.

Chief Education Officer, Dr. Grace McLean, who was a member of that panel, told JIS News following the meeting that it was a “very robust discussion,” which allowed principals to interact with members of staff at the highest level of CXC.

“The forum was really for the principals to voice their concerns and ask their questions and for answers to be provided accordingly, because ultimately, what we want, is to ensure that all our schools are clear in terms of the administration of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations,” she said.

Members of the Council, CXC’s highest decision-making body, are in the island for their annual governance meetings. Members of the School Examinations Committee (SEC) are holding talks today (December 4), and the 46th meeting of Council will be held on Friday (December 5).

Among the major agenda items for discussion at the Council meeting are the report on the administration of the 2014 examinations; the Registrar’s Report to Council; the 2015 budget; and an update on CXC Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

The official opening ceremony of the Council meeting was held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew on December 4, starting at 7:00 p.m.

During the event, awards will be presented to the top 16 performers in the CAPE and CSEC exams for 2014 from across the Caribbean. Eight will be given for outstanding performance at CAPE, and eight for outstanding performance at CSEC. The awardees are from Jamaica, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago.

The CXC Council comprises representatives of 16 participating countries, UWI, University of Guyana and the teaching profession. The Council deals with finance and administrative issues, while the SEC deals with technical and examination issues.

The CXC governance meetings are normally held in a different Caribbean country each year. Jamaica last hosted the meetings in 2005.

 

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