Minister of Education, Hon. St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince joined a discussion on Facebook on Sunday (Mar. 22), regarding exams facilitated under the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) amid the global pandemic COVID-19.
Co-host of XtremeFM’s morning show “The WakeUpCall”, Tha Fugitive started the discussion sharing an article from The Guardian about school closures and exam cancellations in the UK. “All schools to close from Friday; GCSE and A-level exams cancelled – UK Covid-19, as it happened.”
Tha Fugitive shared the article with the caption “Now would be a good time to share plans in regards to upcoming exams CPEA, CXC, GCE, CAPE etc.”
Minister Prince responded to the statement saying, “CXC is garnering concensus from the many territories with respect to these regional exams.”
CXC previously released a statement in light of COVID-19.
“The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®) takes note of the developments concerning COVID-19 in general, and its impact on the CARICOM region in particular,” the statement read.
Prince noted that most territories are in favour of a postponement. Adding that he thinks CXC will make that announcement soon.
CXC has since restricted public access to its office in Barbados until further notice.
The Education Minister was asked “what is SVG’s stance on this issue?
“A postponement of two months. That’s our proposal for now,” Prince responded.
According to information received from the Ministry of Education, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations are scheduled to begin in May until advised otherwise.
As of Friday March 20, all schools were closed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, one week ahead of the normal Easter vacation. The decision was taken by the Government following consultation with the heads of Secondary and primary schools both public and private as well as pre-schools both public and private.