Following weeks of deliberation and consideration, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) says it has come to a final decision to postpone the start of its 2021 exit examinations.
Speaking during a virtual press briefing held earlier today (May 26), CXC Registrar and Chief Executive Officer Wayne Wesley said that after reviewing the recommendations of various stakeholders including education ministers across the region, a consensus decision was made to delay the start of examinations by two weeks.
As a result of the delay, regional exit examinations originally slated to begin on Wednesday, June 16 will now commence on Monday, June 28.
According to Wesley, the delay in the exam start date “will provide candidates with extra time to prepare for their examinations…”.
Given the delayed examination start date, the release of results which would ordinarily take place early to mid-August will this year take place during the last week of September through to the first week of October.
On the matter of student deferrals, which was one of the relief measures implemented by the council to allay the fears of students sitting upcoming examinations, Wesley says a further extension has been granted for students wishing to apply for a deferral.
In keeping with the new deadline, students will have until Monday, May 31 to submit their deferral applications.
In addition to its extension of the deferral deadline, Wesley stated that the council has also moved to extend the deadline on the submission of School-Based Assessment (SBAs) to June 30.
Previously only practical, science based and technical subjects were allowed to submit SBAs on or before June 30 while all other subjects had until June 18 to submit.
In closing Wesley noted, that “the council believes that these decisions are in the best interest of our stakeholders across the region…and will continue to engage and collaborate with all stakeholders to ensure that their is equity and fairness for all candidates…”.