CXC students get a reprieve for online testing at some schools

According to the spokesperson and coordinator of the Group of Concerned Parents of Barbados, calls for a halt to online testing in this year’s exams administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) have been answered.

Paula-Anne Moore said Barbados TODAY that after his group raised issues with the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Education (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Competency Examination (CAPE) online tests, the Ministry of Education, Training Technological and Vocational (METVT) responded to their concerns.

“They have been receptive to our observations of the challenges with electronic testing and we understand that schools facing challenges have reverted to paper-based exams,” she said.

Moore added that the electronic testing trauma suffered last week may have had a negative impact on children’s exam performance, but that was also addressed by education officials.

“We are confident that METVT will advocate with CXC to have children’s grades assessed compassionately by CXC,” she said. Barbados TODAY.

Earlier this week, Moore called on the Department for Education to launch an investigation into the flawed exam process after students encountered several difficulties.

According to her, at one school, there were reports that some students had only five minutes to complete the CSEC Paper 1 math course, due to electronic test issues, while there were delays. in exams due to ICT issues as students had to leave. exams before completing the test.

Moore also pointed out that some schools’ WiFi bandwidth was insufficient to handle the electronic testing load. She said the problem is further exacerbated when the school otherwise organizes an online or hybrid school.

Additionally, there were reports of erroneous exam questions for CAPE Chemistry, Pure Maths, CSEC Maths, and Additional Maths.

Moore, who is also the spokesperson for the Caribbean Coalition for Exam Redress, claimed that based on the challenges reported, “e-testing was apparently done before individual schools’ ICT capabilities and the CXC server had optimal system checks”.

“We warned months ago of potential issues with online testing given challenges with some schools’ ICT capabilities and lack of devices identified during online and hybrid school,

“As a result, this added layer of stress for students, on top of the pandemic-related stress, would disadvantage all students – some more than others. We regret that Barbados has conducted online testing on such a large scale, while Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica have refused to do so, citing the lack of ICT capacity in most schools.

Moore pointed out that there weren’t many more children to support, and she chastised the audience for their silence on the matter.

“How long are we going to let fear, retaliation and retaliation cripple us and keep us from advocating for justice for our own children?” she asked. (SOUTH DAKOTA)

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