CSEC and CAPE examinations will begin on July 13. Minister of Education Anthony Garcia made the announcement on Friday morning during a press conference at the ministry’s office, St Vincent street Port of Spain.
This decision to have the exams in July, came out of a meeting on May 8 with the CEO of the CXC and education ministers in the region. On Wednesday, CXC sent a proposal on a date to start of the exams. Garcia took the proposal to Cabinet on Thursday and government agreed on the date.
The CXC exams will include a multiple choice paper and School Based Assessments (SBA) while subjects without an SBA, will see two exam papers. The deadline for SBAs has been extended to June 30 and teachers will be allowed to go into schools to meet with students to help them complete their SBAs, from June 7.
Changes to facilitate the practical aspect of some exams were also decided on. The ministry will be spending $6 million to ensure schools are properly sanitised. Proper hygiene, guidelines for cleaning and sanitisation and signage with covid19 information are apart of the ministry’s plans to protect all teachers and students.
He said there are also policies being developed to screen student and teachers entering the school’s compound, this includes the use of thermal scanners upon entry.