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Ministry, CXC review challenges
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says concerns raised over
past challenges with the Caribbean Examinations Council
(CXC) were addressed after meeting with a CXC delegation
from Barbados on Tuesday.
At a press conference at the ministry's head of ice, St Vin-
cent Street in Port-of-Spain, Garcia said this comes in the
wake of numerous complaints made by students over the past
"Over the last few weeks there have been a number of con-
cerns raised concerning the CXC exams and CAPE. There
were a number of queries and questions and we invited the
of icials of CXC so we can have the face to face interaction and
shed our concerns given the opportunity for them to explain
to us what transpired and everything must be done to ensure
the integrity of the CXC exam," he said.
He said everything must be done to ensure the integrity of
CXC and the public would have con idence in the examination
that they are responsible for.
Garcia said there were serious challenges and the ministry
brought this to the attention of the leadership of the CXC and
"We pledge to work hand in hand with CXC and our stu-
dents are given the grades they deserved and that is very im-
portant. Any challenge and concern it is our view must be
attended to expeditiously," he said.
He said at the meeting they addressed queries that occupied
the attention of the public, emarking, etesting, late submis-
sions of results, scheduling of examinations, online submis-
sions, administrative issues, School Based Assessments (SBA)
and several students who received ungraded marks when the
evidence that students did the SBA.
Glenroy Cumberbatch, Registrar and Chief Executive Of-
icer CXC, said one of the providers accepted responsibility
and apologised for the problem.
"We will have several providers in the process of CXC op-
erations working together. There are procedures we are re-
looking, we are retraining. We going to have sessions for chief
examiners, sessions for markers, sessions for those in T&T
who want to mark and bring their computers and look at
systems and do the standardisation and go though the
He said they would engage eligible persons to
come onboard and work with our providers to
make sure the systems are holding up to the kind
Cumberbatch said preliminary results are pub-
lished irst then a certi icate which is the normal
Schools getting prepared for
Dominican students affected by Hurricane Maria will be
accommodated in local schools once they are accompa-
nied to T&T by their parents, says Education Minister
Anthony Garcia. He said the students will be accom-
modated under the same conditions as obtained for
Grenadian students in the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan
The minister, who did not know how many Domin-
ican students would be interested in taking up school
places in T&T, said he is attempting to contact Domin-
ican Education Minister Peter Saint Jean on the issue.
However, he assured, students from Dominica can
register in T&T once they meet stipulated conditions.
Garcia said the issue is quite different from the mat-
ter of T&T students who have problems getting trans-
ferred from one school to another.
"Transfer is based on many criteria based on stu-
dent performance and schools, whether there is
space. This is a humanitarian issue and we are our
brother's keepers and we will provide assistance.
Don't confuse the issue," he said.
On another subject, Chief Education Of icer Harrilal
Seecharan, commenting on the recent incident where
entertainer Ruckia "Bubbles" Webster did a spontaneous
performance of her raunchy song, It Bunnin, at a primary
school, said the school's administrators were not aware Web-
ster was on the premises. Reports are that the artiste was there
representing a parent.
Seecharan said parents should not engage with students
during their visits to schools. See Pages A19 and A20.
Acting CEO of the Port Au-
thority Charmaine Lewis is re-
portedly considering her legal
options following claims by
Works and Transport Minister
Rohan Sinanan that she told
a "blatant lie" to Parliament's
Joint Select Committee ( JSC)
probing the sea bridge.
Sinanam has written to
chairman of that JSC, Stephen
Creese, about Lewis' testimony
in relation to his involvement
in procurement of the Trinity
Transporter, the barge used
on the sea bridge to transport
cargo after the Galicia left.
A source close to Lewis said
she stands by her statements.
Yesterday former minister
Devant Maharaj emailed a let-
ter to Creese expressing con-
cern that a public contract
of icer who gave evidence to
the JSC is being "vili ied, ridi-
culed and put in public odium."
Maharaj said testimony given
by persons appearing before the
JSC is supposed to be privileged
and protected and if there was a dis-
pute over Lewis' testimony,
"the politician could have re-
quested to be recalled to the
JSC to refute her claims."
He further stated that if the
JSC fails to defend the public
of icer, it could affect its future
work as public of icials might
be hesitant and reluctant to
appear and offer "honest tes-
Secretary to the committee
Angelique Messiah has ac-
knowledged receipt of Maha-
raj's email which she said had
been forwarded to the chair-
man for his attention.
A member of the JSC told the
T&T Guardian once Parlia-
ment reconvenes and
the committee meets,
the chairman will
be "duty bound" to
bring to the atten-
tion of members the
letter sent to him by
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