Retired teacher Mervin Alexander – some students will be disadvantaged by sitting CXC in July

Retired teacher Mervin Alexander believes that some students will be disadvantaged as they sit the Caribbean Examinations Council-administered exams in July this year.

At the meeting, which was held virtually on May 8th 2020, it was stated that the Barbados-based CXC would be setting exams for students in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).

A final decision was made for students to sit the CXC examination in July 2020.

And according to Alexander who spoke to Dominica News Online (DNO) on Thursday some teachers are ready while others are not.

“I spoke to a few principals and teachers about it, some say they are ready while others say they are not ready. In my opinion some students are going to be disadvantaged,” he said.

He continued, “I am saying to myself if you are going to write the exams this year, the exam is normally a first and a second paper and this year giving them just a first paper with the SBA what is the way forward now for the exams?”

Alexander mentioned further that one of the main issues faced by teachers and students is the lack of access to the internet.

“Some schools are ready while other schools are not yet ready, in terms of the internet,” he remarked. “The complaints from some teachers are crazy, some teachers go to the schools hoping to use the internet and sometimes when they get there either it is not working or very slow.”

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is an institution that provides regional and internationally recognized secondary school leaving examinations relevant to the needs of the region; assist in Common Entrance and other types of examinations; produce teaching materials and train teachers to use the CXC syllabi; and advise regional governments on education.

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  1. Truth Be Told
    May 23, 2020

    Some schools don’t have internet but everyone got red brand clothing for election campaign and free overseas entertainment. Is so we like it! Careful they come out slamming you for shedding truth and enlightenment. We have become a real political party state with no love for country. They pretend to love the country more than those who really care, like you. They pretend just to milk and bleed the country. I see people that I one had respect for, fellow teachers at the State College, just playing party politics today with no impartiality. They do not even pretend anymore. Everyone must love the PM or no gifts for you, no hurricane relief for you, no pandemic loan and grants for you! Labour first, Dominica second!

  2. Sylvester Cadette
    May 22, 2020

    There are quite a few issues here:
    1. Health & safety: How will social distancing be observed;
    2. To observe bullet one then additional premises appropriate for conduct of examinations; additional invigilators may be an option; selection/vetting/screening of these additional invigilators.
    3. Preparedness of schools
    4. Preparedness of Students
    5. Connectivity issues in exam preparation: Teacher access to internet for Online schooling; Student access; Where there is some access then capacity issues such as Bandwidth issues; Quality of service; “Disruptiveness” due to bandwidth
    6. Psychological impact + fatigue due to this unprecedented downtime (affecting preparedness irrespective of student’s ability and aptitude.
    7. Validity of exam vis-a-vis matriculation at universities other than UWI or Caribbean-based Institutions.

    While it is disadvantageous and stressful not to do the exam, it is paramount to address these issues before setting a date for exams TO AVOID…

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