CARIB | May 20, 2023

CXC confirms exam breach originated in Jamaica

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CSEC Math Paper 2 will not be re-written but grades will be awarded using a modified approach

The leak of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) CSEC Math Paper 2 which was written around the region on Wednesday, May 17 originated in Jamaica.

That’s the findings of CXC, which has concluded its investigations and using enhanced security measures has been able to identify both the country where the breach originated as well as the particular examination centre involved. CXC Registrar, Wayne Wesley told a press conference called yesterday to outline the findings of its probe that the leak reached many countries and many persons had access to the information.

“As to the extent, that is something we would have to investigate further…but it was really widespread across the region. But the source of the leak was critical to us…,” Wesley said. He was quick to note that CXC had been enhancing its security provisions over the years.

Awarding of exam grades

Dave Myrie (left), principal of Kingston College, addresses students at the reopening of the school plant on June 8 when physical classes had resumed to further assist students who had been engaged in online learning in preparation for their Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations. (Photo: JIS)

Wesley disclosed that students, who wrote the Math Paper 2 will not have to re-write the paper but their grades will be awarded using a modified approach. Students’ grades will be based on Paper 1 and the School Based Assessment (SBA) or Paper 032 (alternative to the SBA).

This decision was to have been communicated to regional ministries of education yesterday. The CXC Registrar explained that the decision was taken not to have the students rewrite the paper out of concern for the mental health and wellbeing of candidates and timely release of the results.

Wesley stressed that the breach did not affect Paper 1, which is now under even more enhanced security, emphasizing that all CXC examination papers have been removed from the examination centre identified as the source of the leak.

He indicated that CXC will provide further updates when they are available.


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