Regional examinations physique, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), is going through a category motion lawsuit from college students affected by final yr’s controversial grading of the Caribbean Secondary Training Certificates (CSEC) and Caribbean Superior Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams.
In line with media studies, a legislation agency in Barbados has agreed to characterize the affected college students.
The so-called Group of Involved Dad and mom of Barbados introduced in a press launch issued on Monday that it had secured the companies of Aegis Chambers, which is able to characterize the scholars’ pursuits “freed from prices, with solely nominal costs for disbursements”.
The Group stated it had selected authorized motion towards CXC after getting no satisfaction from the Council about its considerations about examination grading and within the subsequent grade evaluation course of.
Following protests by college students area extensive, triggered by concerns about inconsistencies and discrepancies within the CSEC and CAPE grades, CXC agreed to a evaluation. Nevertheless, some college students have expressed dissatisfaction with the re-grading.
“Since September 22, 2020, college students and their mother and father in Barbados and throughout the area have suffered the inexcusable fallout of CXC, CSEC and CAPE outcomes, which have been manifestly flawed, and which has occasioned psychological angst, in addition to materials dislocation, within the type of lack of scholarship alternatives, college acceptance inter alia,” the group stated in its assertion.
“From the outset of this disaster, the Group of Involved Dad and mom of Barbados, in affiliation with allied advocates, has labored earnestly in the direction of an amicable and honest settlement of this matter, heeding the decision of Professor Sir Hilary Beckles to forswear passivity.
“Such advances, as much as the current, have yielded little substantial change and this tragedy continues to have an effect on the lives of too many college students,” it added, earlier than asserting it was going the authorized route to hunt redress.
Final October, CXC launched the report of an Impartial Evaluation Staff that investigated the modified strategy used for the 2020 exams, the moderation of College-Based mostly Evaluation (SBA) grades, and an adjusted grading mannequin, amongst different points.
It pointed to fraudulent SBA submissions from academics and leaked examination questions amongst numerous probably damning infractions rising from the evaluation.
Nevertheless, the evaluation crew headed by Professor Emerita Hazel Simmons-McDonald additionally concluded that there’s sufficient proof of discrepancies on the a part of the CXC to justify remarking papers.
It additionally made 23 suggestions for the development of CXC’s operations within the brief, medium and long run