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Moore: ‘Government and guardians failing students’ over CXC

One of the island’s major teachers’ unions is gravely concerned that parents are not properly representing the interests of their children regarding the need to delay the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) test for 2022.

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BSTU says CXC should postpone this year’s exams sitting

And leading parent-student advocate Paula Anne Moore, sharing the union’s concerns, is disappointed, demoralised and disheartened that the adults, regional governments and the educational arm of CARICOM (Caribbean Community) have abandoned their children.

Moore, who continues to be a fierce advocate for parents and students in the region in the fight for “fairness” in the CXC exams, said Monday it has become “very” difficult to mobilise people to maintain pressure on the council.

She said it appears to be a cultural hangover where people seem to be afraid to be visible.

“I would go on a limb and say that I have been doing my part as much as I can. I collaborated with Miss Redman (President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union Mary-Ann Redman) and with student advocate Khaleel Kothdiwala, locally and regionally, but it has been very difficult to get the existing parent bodies to advocate, when it comes to these matters,” she told Barbados TODAY.

As far as president of the BSTU is concerned, parents need to act now regarding the timing and structure of the CXC exams which she contended the council has failed to adequately address.

“I am concerned that parents have not taken up the issue of the timing and structure of CXC exams for 2020 with the relevant institution and the Ministry of Education. I am saying this because the students this year, were the most disadvantaged…throughout the region, really …in relation to adequate preparation for CXC,” Redman told Barbados TODAY on Monday.

“The present fifth-formers would have last been exposed to a full year of face-to-face instruction in second form. They are the ones that for the last two years, would have been tutored mainly online. And the present lower sixth, many of them only started school after week seven in some instances, and week eight of last term because, of course, CXC results were late,” the union leader stated.

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She argued that those students generally would have missed more than half of the first term last academic year.

“They have only been exposed to face-to-face instruction this term after mid-February. These are the students that are supposed to be sitting CXC examinations this year. CXC has made no provision for these impediments to their preparation process.

‘Government and guardians failing students’  Barbados Today

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