The Coronavirus preparation measures might have bought high school students in the Territory additional time to prepare for the various senior Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) tests because the traditional times for the sitting of the examinations might be shifted.
Usually, students throughout the Caribbean sit their CSEC examinations during May and June, however, there could change in dates if the Coronavirus situation proceeds in a current manner. The possibility of an extended preparation period for local students was noted in a statement made by Minister for Education Dr. the Hon. Natalio Wheatley on 18 March.
Hon. Wheatley announced, “When it comes to regional examinations, the Caribbean Examinations Council is working on establishing the most suitable time for CPEA, CSEC, and CAPE exams. This information is currently being finalized and will be released in a few weeks. In the meantime, I encourage students to use this time to continue preparations of SBAs and content preparation.”
Meanwhile, on 15 March CXC issued a press release explaining that it was currently considering changes that would be made as a result of COVID-19. The release stated, “The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) takes note of the developments concerning COVID-19 in general, and its impact on the CARICOM region in particular. Accordingly, CXC convened a meeting with representatives from the Ministries of Education to discuss the administration of the regional examinations and the respective National protocols.”
“The Council presented and discussed various scenarios as it relates to the administration of its examinations. The Council will continue to work with the governments of the various territories to arrive at a regional consensus and will update the public accordingly,” the release added.