CXC reports huge increase in exam irregularities

Dr. Nicole Manning, Director of Operations at CXC
The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is reporting a 400 per cent increase in irregularities during the administering of this year's Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
Irregularities regarding the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) increased by 100 per cent.
Dr. Nicole Manning, Director of Operations at CXC, on Thursday disclosed that the breaches involved candidates and was mostly concerning the use of cell phones during the exams. 
About 90 per cent of students who wrote CAPE passed with acceptable grades from one to five.
But there was a decline in performance in a number of subjects when compared to 2020.
Caribbean Studies reported a 95 per cent pass rate in 2021 when compared to 98 per cent in 2020 and 97 per cent in 2019.
Communication Studies reported a 93 per cent pass rate in 2021, compared to 96 per cent in 2021.
In CSEC, English A recorded a regional pass rate of 74 per cent.
There are still some calculations taking place with the Mathematics pass rate but Dr. Manning noted that students attaining grade one increased to nine per cent.
Chemistry declined to 63 per cent, Principles of Business to 79 per cent and the pass rate for English B fell to 61 per cent.
Dr. Manning said this year's CAPE and CSEC exams had the lowest number of candidates for the last four years. 
There were 27,750 candidate entries and 110,020 subject entries for CAPE, while 103,445 candidates sat the CSEC exams and there were 502,859 subject entries. 
Dr. Manning noted that 8.83 per cent of CAPE candidates were absent and 11.23 per cent of CSEC students were recorded as absentee candidates. 
The results of the exams will be released on Friday.
Electronic testing 
CXC has announced plans to increase electronic testing.
According to Dr. Manning, the format will be one of seven components of CXC's digital transformation. 
She said the examination body has started to train ministry officials and chief invigilators. 

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