|CXC results out today |
By SANDRA SINGH Monday, August 18 2008
MORE THAN 20,000 Form Five students who wrote this year’s Caribbean Examinations Council exams, now called the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, will know their fate today when exam results are released.
The results will be made available during a press conference by Education Minister Esther Le Gendre, CXC Registrar Dr Didacus Jules and other education officials at the Hilton Hotel today.
A press release also revealed that 160 principals or designated officials representing schools with students who have written the exam will be in attendance.
Both the CXC and the Education Ministry have delivered on their promise of ensuring that the release of the results was not delayed and they were made available within the agreed time frame.
This year’s examinations have been marked by scandal as a result of leaks in the English A and Mathematics papers where students were found to be in possession of the exam papers prior to its sitting on May 20 and 21 respectively.
Two persons, Arianna Lakatoo, an on-the-job trainee at the Ministry of Education’s San Fernando office, and Mickel Torres, a student of St Michael’s College, a private secondary school, were arrested and charged for the exam leaks and were placed on $1 M bail each.
As a result, students were forced to re-sit the examinations one week after all other CXC exams were completed.
The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams were also hit by scandal following leaks in the Communications Studies Paper II prompting CXC officials to postpone and re-schedule all CAPE examinations with a new timetable being issued.
Two students, Scott Joseph and Nyron Toney, of the St Augustine Community College, were charged with the offence and were sentenced to perform 100 hours of community service.
Twelve students have since been charged with offences of having prior knowledge of CXC and CAPE exam papers prior to their sitting.