CXC to refund students if review leads to higher mark

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    The Caribbean Examinations Council will conduct 100 per cent moderation of all School Based Assessments from 2021, following a review of the 2020 CSEC and CAPE exams.

    According to a report from Barbados Today, CXC Registrar Dr. Wayne Wesley at a media conference on Sunday says this move is to ensure that we protect the integrity and keep the level and standard of the SBA high.

    The review came after CXC students from across the region expressed concern over their final grades, which includes the SBA mark and results from their examinations.

    There was disparity in terms of expectation, prediction and what actually was the final outcome, regarding the SBA mark.

    A report from an Independent Review Committee was handed to CXC on Friday and is expected to made public on Tuesday, after it is discussed with regional Ministers of Education on Monday.

    Based on the recommendations, CXC will extend the deadline for accepting students review requests and queries from October 23rd to November 6th.

    CXC will also conduct reviews at a cost of US$15, half of what was usually charged, and The review process will include a remark of the scripts, and if the resulting grade remains the same, the candidate will be advised.

    Dr. Wesley says if students are found to deserve higher grades they would be fully refunded.

    However, the review process will not bring about a lower grade, since Dr. Wesley says the policy where there is a decrease in grade will be discontinued for this session.

    Dr. Wesley stated that up to Sunday, there have been 2,353 requests for reviews of CAPE results and 2,550 requests for CSEC results.

    He says there is a move to ensure queries are resolved in the shortest possible time, with an almost immediate response.

    Dr. Wesley adds that a system is being put into place by the end of this week for students to interact directly with CXC officials online for a review request, bypassing the local registrars and Ministries of Education in some instances.

    He says top priority would be given to students enrolled to enter universities in and out of the Caribbean.