Trinidad & Tobago Education Ministry not in support of SBA, multiple choice CSEC format

The government of Trinidad and Tobago has not agreed to a format of school-based assessment and multiple-choice papers as the only forms of testing of students sitting the May/June 2020 examinations, LoopTT reports.

Last month, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) proposed a modified examination process in light of the COVID-19 pandemic consisting multiple-choice and SBAs. It also proposed that the exams be administered in July.

But, responding to an urgent question in Parliament on Wednesday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said Government and the Ministry of Education had not agreed on that format, and its position was to stick with the format to which students had grown accustomed.

“The position of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago is that we should go with the format that our students have been accustomed to and that is Paper 1, multiple-choice, and Paper 2, which is usually regarded as the long paper, and of course, the SBA assessment.”

He said there is currently no agreement with CXC on the format of the conduct of the May/June exams.

Garcia said Cabinet has agreed to the option of administering the exams in June/July 2020.

However, Cabinet indicated to CXC that this will be dependent on the advice of the Ministry of Health.

The Minister further noted that the proposed June/July date is not cast in stone and is subject to constant review, “contingent on COVID-19 realities and updated reports from the Governments of the region”.