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Officials of the Caribbean
Examinations Council (CXC)
said grade changes made for
some students who wrote
the CAPE examination were
the result of a pre-emptive
quality control mechanism
and there had been a "delib-
erate update of information"
on the site where the results
This was the explanation offered
following complaints from parents
and students that result slips given
out by schools were completely dif-
ferent from what they saw when they
checked the student portal on the day
the results were released.
Responding to e-mailed questions
from the T&T Guardian, Cleveland
Sam, CXC's Assistant Registrar for
Public Information and Customer
Service, said while candidates may
have received the original results
online, it is the corrected prelimi-
nary slips that will be reflected on
their certificates and any transcripts
issued by CXC.
"Corrective and preventive meas-
ures are being put in place to ensure
that such discrepancies do not occur
again," he said.
Sam did not respond to questions
about how the discrepancies occurred
in the first place but pointed out that
there was "a deliberate update of in-
formation on the site."
Sam explained: "The protected core
database is not the same database as
the students' portal space. Therefore,
there is no chance of the CXC data-
base being hacked from the students'
He did not respond to questions
about how the error occurred.
The proposed dates for the release
of the results were changed twice by
CXC, first from August 12 to August
15, then the actual results were re-
leased to the Ministry of Education
on August 18 and students received
them on August 22.
Within days of going to the students
portal to access their results, some
students were claiming their grades
had changed. In some instances, the
grades had improved while others
received grades less than what they
Parents said school officials advised
them to file official queries with CXC
but they have to pay for this procedure
which is simply a recounting of the
marks. Many have chosen to go this
route, however, because entry into
university is dependent on grades.
Economist and political analyst
Indera Sagewan-Alli said her daugh-
ter was one of those affected and
she wrote to Minister of Education
Anthony Garcia and CXC Registrar
Glenroy Cumberbatch on the matter
but got neither an acknowledgement
or response. She has since written a
letter to the minister for publication
in the press.
Sagewan Alli said she found it un-
acceptable that the issue was brought
to the attention of Garcia three weeks
ago but to date he has not acted on it.
She said the issue requires the minis-
ter's urgent attention even if it means
making an emergency trip to Barbados
to meet with CXC officials and she is
prepared to hold a protest outside the
minister's office to get action.
Sagewan-Alli has also written to
CXC demanding that her daughter's
papers be re-marked,
"The result does not reflect the
work she put in and I have no faith
that the marking process was fair,"
Asked whether scripts can be re-
marked Sam said: "Candidates who
receive results but are of the opin-
ion that they should have received a
better grade in the subject/unit, may
request, through the relevant local
examinations authority, a review of
Attorney Hilda Goodial has sent
legal letters to the Education Minis-
ter and the CXC Registrar on behalf
of a student who was affected but is
yet to get a response. Her client got
an ungraded mark in one subject but
the grade was subsequently changed.
Goodial said her client is also querying
Students at schools in north, east
and central Trinidad were affected by
the changes in grades.
Garcia confirmed that several prin-
cipals had spoken to him about the
grade changes and said the minis-
try had written to CXC asking them
to send a delegation to discuss the
matter. He could not say when that
meeting will take place.
"If people lose confidence in CXC
the students will suffer," he said but it
was a very sensitive issue and he does
not want to say more until he gets an
explanation from CXC.
Confusion over CAPE grade changes
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