Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) local registrar, Chandler Hyacinth, has revealed that come 2017, there will be some changes in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations.
She made that announcement while presenting the results of the 2016 CXC CSEC Examinations last week.
“For our next exam sitting in January, the multiple choice portion of the exam papers will be offered electronically,” she explained. “Registration begins towards the middle of September, so this is not usually an exam that students do, it is usually done by the private sector.”
She said CXC will begin electronic testing in May 2017 for the multiple choice section of the exams as countries have to be ready before they introduce electronic exams at the schools or centres.
“Once the Ministry of Education is satisfied that we can proceed, we will proceed,” she said.
She also indicated that some syllabus areas have been introduced and others revised. “In particular, I need to mention Mathematics…an SBA component has been introduced and come 2018 exams, students have to produce an SBA for Mathematics.”
She said an SBA component for English Language will also be introduced, “and come 2017 exams, we will see that becoming a significant part of the exam.”
According to Hyacinth, with the introduction of SBA’s, the Ministry of Education expects to see a vast improvement in students’ performance. “Because now you will be able to enter the exam room with grades already…,” she stated.