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Deferral of CSEC, CAPE is not an acceptable option

Published:Wednesday | May 12, 2021 | 12:08 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

The goodly Dr Garth Anderson of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) is trying to save the hundred of thousands of children in the Caribbean faced with the worst psychological assault.

Anderson is on the cutting edge of the matter and his gut reaction is right. The fact that he has had to be literally weeping to explain the extent of the damage to the Caribbean cohort is a grave offence.

To deny the access to best education outcomes in the worst of times, COVID-19, shows a rabid, callous coldness to the real people hurting in the system – our children.

While the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has built a machinery of education credibility, it will not be very long before universities the world over will accept the high-school transcripts of students in the Caribbean. That is the true assessment of the knowledge of the student and not an external exam. Is a class-action suit necessary?

Regrettably, CXC has ignored the cries of teacher markers, alienating them totally from the marking system of the final papers while continuing to burden the educator with copious marking of school-based assessments.

Ministers of education in the region must understand that the preparation of a student to sit an examination is similar to that of the athlete for the Olympics. The deferral to another time is not an acceptable option. People are not just figures on a spreadsheet. These are real lives of young people in a region already plagued by limited employment, rampant with crime and other comorbidities.

Ul Jem

em.ul@yahoo.com