BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - FOLLOWING several requests from Ministries of Education across the region to delay the start of the 2022 Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) examinations, the body has accepted and instituted a three-week postponement.
Confirmation was made at a press briefing yesterday (Apr. 27) afternoon by the Chief Executive Office at CXC, Dr. Wayne Wesley, who revealed that the decision would provide candidates with additional time to prepare for the examinations.
With the new start date set for Monday, May 23, results are expected in late August or early September.
He noted that the decision came after careful deliberation and consideration of all the pertinent issues.
Concerns were expressed by students and teachers in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobgo, among others, that students needed more time as some territories reverted to online classes after a resurgence of COVID-19.
Now the delayed start has allowed for other changes to be made to the structure of this year's exams and the Council has also agreed to an extension of submission of School-Based Assessment (SBA) by two weeks for both CSEC and CAPE.
Students will also be provided with the broad topics that they will be assessed on for Paper Two, and that information will be communicated via the various education ministries.
The deadline for submission of SBAs has also been extended, this time by six weeks, while students will have the option to defer some or all of their examinations to either January or June next year.
The pandemic, since 2020, has forced CXC to either delay or make concessions to the administration of the regional examination. This year, according to Dr. Wesley, there are more than 135,000 students registered for the exams with 105,078 for CSEC,