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CAPE & CSEC Exam Results: Urgent Matter For Review

November 20, 2020

Original Article: http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20201007/verona-antoine-smith-cape-csec-exam-results-urgent-matter-review

Last month, the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) released the 2020 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results.

Of note, two Information Technology (IT) CAPE grades were compared. Student A received a grade one with a profile of C-D-C for Theory, Productivity Tools and Programming, respectively; while Student B received a grade two with a profile of A-A-C.

This discrepancy is but one of a myriad of inconsistencies arising from this year’s release of CAPE and CSEC results. In August, CXC’s registrar sought to assure candidates, their parents, prospective universities and employers who rely on the integrity of the examining body that the results from the new exam format would be “valid, equivalent and fair”. However, in light of the various anomalies, all stakeholders need to consider whether or not this is truly the case.

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