Regional Examinations administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council will be done between June and July, 2021.
The decision was taken at the end of the 26th Special Meeting of the Council for Human and Social Development, held on 26th February and 1st March, 2021.
The Council which consists of Ministers of Education, discussed five options for the administering of CSEC, CAPE and CCSLC, following consultations held between CXC, Ministries of Education in CXC territories and other stakeholders.
At the end of their deliberations, it was agreed the May/June exams will be administered in June/July, with no changes made to their formats, as explained by the Chairman of COHSOD, Bahamian Minister of Education, Jeffrey Lloyd.
The June, 2020 CXC exams were modified due to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This latest development is welcomed news for Antigua and Barbuda. Education officials here in January indicated their recommendation was to delay the examinations by one month, so that syllabuses can be completed, in order to give students a fair chance at the examinations, taking into consideration the absence of face-to face learning.
The only drawback with a delay the director pointed out at that time was that results will be issued later that is customary, but he said the ministry will engage educational institutions including ASC to use secondary school transcripts for students to begin tertiary studies.
COHSOD also discussed an arrangement between CXC and the UWI.
Meantime, CXC’s Registrar and CEO, Dr. Wayne Wesley has announced the dates for the examinations, which will commence on 14th June, 2021 and end on 16th July, 2021.
CCSLC will be administered between 19th and 22nd July, 2021.
The CXC Registrar also addressed the sharing of topics.
Dr. Wesley, who was speaking during a virtual press conference on Monday afternoon, said the examinations body will maintain 100% moderation of SBAs for all subjects.
Taking into consideration the ongoing pandemic and the impact it continues to have on the education system and students’ preparedness, candidates will be allowed to defer their 2022 examinations if they so desire.