BASSETERRE, St. Kitts - AS students in St. Kitts-Nevis prepare for the 2022 Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams, questions remain over the results for 2021 as no official word on the performance of students from the Federation were received.
The media had repeatedly questioned education officials on the release of data, but they have time and time again indicated that they were awaiting the final report from CXC, as it was revealed earlier this year by the Education Minister, Jonel Powell that some subjects were missing.
SKNVibes recently enquired about the information and was told that the it was not yet available, and was directed to the Caribbean Examination Council to seek clarification.
When pressed on the matter at Tuesday's (May 3) media brief to announce the three-week delay in the start of the May/June exams, CXC, when pressed by this publication, denied having outstanding results for St. Kitts and Nevis. .
Now the local Registrar has sought to clarify what caused the delay in releasing the overall data for last year’s examination.
Commenting on the situation to SKNVibes, Solomon Claxton, Local CXC Registrar, explained that the Ministry of Education has in fact received the full broad sheet of information on the students’ performance from last year.
He announced that the results were only obtained last month and they are being reviewed with the hope of releasing them soon.
That, however, may have to wait for sometime as no firm determination was made on when it will happen as officials are working on the current examinations.
So, why the delay?
Claxton was quick to note that the delay has to be contextualised, in the perspective that for 2020 and 2021 there has been delays in the administration of the exams due to COVID-19, and resulting from that is the trickle down effect of other postponements.
With the Ministry being in preparation mode for, and several exams getting underway across the St. Kitts and Nevis, the priority for education officials would be to focus on those exams and provide the data at a later date. But Claxton conceded that there is a need to provide some level of information to the public on results for last year.
As the Ministry continues to work on finalizing a date for the release of information, Oral Examinations have begun, and Claxton confirmed that those were not affected by the date changes made by the regional examination body.