CXC defends integrity of exam results despite complaints

Dr. Wayne Wesley, Chief Executive Officer of CXC
The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is insisting on the integrity of the recently released exam results despite mounting complaints about the grades awarded.
It has suggested that the reports of discrepancies might be greatly exaggerated.
During a media conference Friday afternoon, Chief Executive Officer of CXC Dr. Wayne Wesley said he noted the questions about performances this year in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
However, he said performances improved this year with about 92 per cent of students attaining acceptable grades in CAPE and 79 per cent in CSEC.
Dr. Wesley also said CXC had received no formal complaints from students. 
"Apart from the representation which would have been made by Ministries of Education, we have not received any formal complaint from anyone. Remember that the overall performance shows an improvement in the performance for the region in both CAPE and CSEC. I think the notion that there is widespread achievement of less than acceptable grades is not borne out. In fact, this year you have less persons receiving less than acceptable grades of any other period for the last three years or four years," he insisted. 
Dr. Wesley also addressed concerns about discrepancies in School Based Assessment (SBA) grades awarded to students. He said differences were due to reviews and adjustments of the grades given by teachers. 
"Prior to 2020, moderation would have been done based on random sampling of about 30 per cent. Utilising the modified approach this year, it was agreed that 100 per cent centre moderation would take place for all subjects. That meant all SBAs were moderated. Kindly note that teacher score is not the final score and the final score is obtained after the moderation process is completed," he pointed out.  
Dr. Wesley would not commit to having a review of the grades awarded this year, except in cases where individuals submit complaints. 
He insisted that CXC's quality assurance process is a rigorous one. 
"That quality assurance mechanism ensure that there is detailed check of every single subject, with a detailed report, and as is customary with the end of our assessment process, that there are queries that will be made. That is why there is a window between preliminary results being released and final results being released. Those concerns that are raised, we will treat with and provide the requisite responses," he sought to assure. 
The CXC has said candidates can use its Query and Review process to register their complaints within 30 days.
It said queries about absent or ungraded results are free but there is a fee for reviews.
Education Minister Fayval Williams has written to the Chairman of CXC, Sir Hillary Beckles, requesting a thorough investigation into the perceived discrepancies in the CSEC and CAPE grades.
In a media release Friday, the education minister said she also sought to ascertain from CXC the circumstances that led to results being sent directly to students before schools and the Education Ministry. 
She said this prevented the ministry from identifying, in advance, anomalies or errors in the results.

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