Business View Caribbean | March 2021

8 BUSINESS VIEW CARIBBEAN MARCH 2021 The Ministers made every effort in their deliberations to advocate for concessions for students CCSLC®, Papers 01 and 02. Another significant agreement of the COHSOD was the extension of the deadline by which students should signal their intention to defer the sitting of the exams. Candidates now have until 1 May 2021 to do so. Minister Lloyd pointed out that in consideration of the learning loss associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, COHSOD agreed that CXC® should share with Ministries of Education, the broad topics for Paper 02, five weeks before the start of the examinations. The COHSOD also agreed to extend the Matriculation Waiver which the University of the West Indies (UWI) introduced in 2020. With the release of the CAPE Year Two results expected after the start of the UWI’s Academic Year 2021/2022, the waiver will allow it to consider CAPE candidates for admission, based on the Year 1 results. With regard to the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment, Minister Lloyd said CXC informed COHSOD it is scheduled for 27– 28 May, and the results can be expected on 15 June. The period for the Online Training and Assessment Quality Audits for Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) is May to August 2021, based on agreement with individual participating territories, and Ministries of Education will receive the results in the last week of September, Minister Lloyd said. He told the Media that the COHSOD “remains steadfast in its efforts to work closely with the CXC® to ensure that the messaging on the administration of regional examinations is consistent, accurate and unambiguous.” This is important, he stated, “to preserve the reputation of CXC and preserve the integrity and validity of examinations.” Minister Lloyd expressed appreciation to the CXC® for its efforts “to ensure the smooth transition and matriculation of the Region’s youth to the world of work and post-secondary or tertiary education.” Recognising the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on equitable access and continuity of learning, he said the Ministers made every effort in their deliberations to advocate for concessions for students. In this context, he noted that CARICOM Ministers “endorsed the recommendation to provide additional time for in-person teaching and learning to complete SBAs, close teaching gaps, and increase the chances of successful outcomes for students.”