The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has given a preliminary response to the wave of complaints across the region of inconsistencies in some students' CSEC and CAPE results.
Chief Executive Officer of CXC, Dr. Wayne Wesley, acknowledges that there are legitimate concerns but the incidents are not as widespread as persons are making them out to be.
Since the results were published on Tuesday there have been strong reactions from students, parents and teachers, that some of the grades were inconsistent with the performance of the students leading up to the exams.
The concerns have been expressed not just in Jamaica but across the region, and an online petition has called for an urgent review of the results.
Speaking yesterday on Beyond The Headlines, Dr Wesley acknowledged that due to the Covid-19 pandemic some submissions were not made and there are some cases requiring attention.
However, he's suggesting that the statistics do not indicate there is a widescale problem.
“Those concerns would have occupied out attention to really find out what is happening and those concerns, while it might be the experience of some candidates, is not borne out by the statistics, that shows the performance in 2019 over 2020 - which we would have presented at the release of results.”
He also said that there are mechanisms in place to handle the complaints about CSEC and CAPE results and they have been activated.
“That being said however, there are some concerns that we would be addressing because those would have been issues that would affect the candidates greatly. So we are working through those details with the respective Ministries of Education and local registrars to correct the situation .... but it is not as widespread perhaps as persons would have been making it out to be. But nonetheless, it is of concern,” he said.