The Education Ministry on Saturday announced that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has chosen Guyana as the host country to release the Caribbean Secondary Education Certification (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) results on October 14.
The examinations were written earlier this year due to the effects, consequences, and impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the Caribbean and the world. Apart from the release, results will be available to candidates on the CXC online portal from October 15, 2021.
“The Council’s representatives and MoE officials will preside over this ceremony during which Guyana’s Minister of Education is scheduled to deliver the feature address,” a statement said.
In addition, the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) was also affected by the pandemic, and was written in August of this year.
In this regard, the statement added, “The Ministry of Education is happy to announce that, in collaboration with CXC, we will be announcing and releasing the results by October 15, 2021.”
In light of the effects of the pandemic, NGSA candidates will not be penalised with their raw scores because they were older than 12 years, six months at the end of March of the year when the examination was written.
“Standardised scores per subject will be rounded up to the nearest whole number, and the total score will be given as a decimal number, thereby offering candidates more fairness.”
Since 2016, CXC was contracted by the Government of Guyana to develop, administer and mark this assessment annually. This year, to further advance the transparency and integrity of the assessment, CXC’s responsibilities were extended and increased to include verification of raw scores as well as conduct and management of all reviews or appeals after the results are published; and further, to present the data and analysis of each year’s assessment.
The Ministry has been informed by CXC that the raw scores will be ready and sent from Barbados to Guyana by Tuesday, September 28, 2021, after which the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) will standardise the scores and offer placements according to the scores and printed results’ slips.
Additionally, the Ministry is encouraging students who had written this year’s NGSA, CSEC and CAPE candidates to return all textbooks and resource materials to their respective schools. Failure to do so may result in their not being able to access results.
Authorities had informed a few weeks ago that a decision was taken not to facilitate the National Grades Two, Four and Nine Assessments for the upcoming academic year in light of the COVID-19 disruptions which have hampered preparation of students.
The Grades Two, Four and Nine Assessments were not written in 2020 either. Only the NGSA and Caribbean Examination Certificate (CXC) examinations have been facilitated. With schools closed since March 2020, online platforms and other resources were enabled as the new tool to reach students, but there were setbacks in some remote communities owing to difficulties in access.