Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 23rd 2015 Contents A7
Saturday, May 23, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
A secondary school teacher is
currently under investigation by
the Caribbean Examinations Coun-
cil (CXC) for allegedly leaking
examination questions to students
writing the 2015 Cape examina-
tions via the social media site Face-
Several parents and teachers have
raised concerns to the Guardian over
the past few days that the teacher
has been hosting discussions with
a group of students on an online
platform on Facebook involving over
3,000 students late at nights.
One secondary teacher in south
Trinidad said in an interview that
teachers, like herself, are stressed
over the situation.
"This has caused mental distur-
bance. It is like a nightmare for us
to know that we work so hard to
teach our students and work with
them and our students are burning
the midnight oil studying and cram-
ming and just so on Facebook other
students liaise with this teacher and
come out the exam room saying it
was easy like a breeze.
This is so unfair. We are having
sleepless nights worrying over this
and nobody seems to be taking this
serious. I wonder why?"
One concerned parent, Marlene
Summers, said the situation was
brought to her attention by her
daughter, who is currently sitting
the Cape examinations.
"This pertains primarily to the
compulsory Caribbean Studies
exam and also other subject areas
such as Communication Studies,
Sociology, Economics, Manage-
ment of Business and Entrepre-
neurship," Summers said.
"A startling realisation has been
made by not only myself but other
parents and teachers of what seems
to be online discussions that directly
pertain to the questions that appear
on the Caribbean Studies paper this
year in at least six out of a total of
eight questions. I hasten to point
out, after doing some research, that
this is not the only year that this
successful lessons teacher has been
able to directly predict the content
of papers," she added.
Another secondary school teacher,
when contacted, spoke on the con-
dition of anonymity, saying, "Just
imagine the teacher predicted a
question that wasn't explicitly stated
in the syllabus and it came for the
economics exam today (Thursday)."
"This is too strange and too
Teacher hosting online lessons
Cape exam leak
Cleveland Sam, assistant
registrar, Public Information and
Customer Services, Caribbean
Examinations Council, in Barbados,
confirmed on Thursday that an
investigation into the allegations of
a leak in the Cape examinations
2015 was still ongoing.
"CXC takes all such allegations
seriously and investigates them
fully. To date, CXC does not have
any conclusive evidence that any
breach occurred," Sam said.
Sam added that CXC had
contacted the Ministry of Education
on the matter.
Communications specialist at the
Ministry of Education, Alicia Busby,
said the ministry was aware of the
allegations but noted that the
ministry and CXC had completed
their investigations and cleared the
teacher in question.
Busby added that both the
ministry and CXC interviewed
relevant people, including the
teacher, as part of their
investigation. She said checks were
physically made of the packaging of
the exam papers and these
revealed that the seals were not
tampered with before the allotted
exam time, neither were the serial
numbers on the packages altered.
CXC investigating claims
Guardian visited the Facebook closed group page and
saw that there were 3,288 members in the group.
There is a profile of the teacher saying that he has
degrees in Economics (Hons) and Sociology (Hons) and a
diploma in Public Sector Management from the University
of the West Indies (UWI). The teacher also has, according
to the description stated on the social media Web site, a
Masters in Business Management and a Masters in
Education (Curriculum) at UWI.
It added that the teacher has many years experience in
teaching Form 6 at the secondary school level and is a
lecturer at a tertiary education institute.
"Most of the 'predictions' are made within 12.15 am to
1.17 am of Tuesday 5th May, 2015," the profile read.
On May 3, the teacher also held an eight-hour crash
course at a popular secondary school in Couva.
Students posted praises on the page to the teacher for
his exam predictions.
On May 4 at 11.05 pm, a student from Chaguanas wrote:
"(teacher's name) the obeah man, with the best
predictions of what's coming for exams!"
When contacted on the allegations, the teacher told the
Guardian, "The Ministry of Education cleared me of any
wrongdoing. So I have no further comment on the matter.
On May 11, 2008, it was announced that all Cape
examinations scheduled from May 12 to June 13
had been cancelled due to an alleged online leak of
the exam papers.
It was reported that the Communication Studies
Paper 2 was leaked and sold for as much as
On May 8, 2012, Fraud Squad officers began
investigations into an alleged irregularity in the
delivery of exam papers from the Ministry of
Education's headquarters on Hayes Street, St Clair.
The police were contacted by ministry staff after
learning about missing Cape exam papers.
Teacher claims no wrongdoing
A student from Agape Training Centre pleads for help to fund the school outside
the Parliament, Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port-
of-Spain, yesterday. The Arima-based school caters for special needs children and
has been given notice by its current landlord. PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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