Four Students Disqualified In T&T CXC Cheating Scandal

Trinidad Guardian:–  Four stu­dents who were caught cheat­ing dur­ing the CSEC Maths ex­am in May — af­ter a video was post­ed to so­cial me­dia show­ing them and oth­er stu­dents us­ing their cell-phones to share an an­swer sheet — have been dis­qual­i­fied.

This means they will not be grad­ed and will have to re-sit the ex­am at a lat­er date.

How­ev­er, just when they can re-sit the ex­am is yet to be de­ter­mined by the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC), based in Bar­ba­dos.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia said the dis­qual­i­fied stu­dents “have been the ones that we could have eas­i­ly iden­ti­fied in the video, but CXC is still to de­cide whether or not they will be dis­qual­i­fied for a pe­ri­od of two years from all ex­ams.”

Af­ter they were caught cheat­ing, of­fi­cials al­low the stu­dents to com­plete their ex­ams but warned they would face se­vere con­se­quences fol­low­ing its’ con­clu­sion.

Both the MOE and CXC have strict poli­cies pro­hibit­ing the use of elec­tron­ic de­vices dur­ing ex­ams.

On May 16, CXC post­ed a short re­lease to its web­site which read, “The Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC) has been made aware of a breach in ex­am­i­na­tion se­cu­ri­ty in Trinidad and To­ba­go. At this time we are work­ing close­ly with the Trinidad Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion sur­round­ing the re­port. Ap­pro­pri­ate cor­rec­tive ac­tion will be tak­en quick­ly to re­in­force ex­ist­ing se­cu­ri­ty mea­sures and to mit­i­gate any po­ten­tial im­pact.”

CSEC and CAPE re­sults out this week

The re­sults of the 2019 Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Ad­vanced Pro­fi­cien­cy Ex­am­i­na­tion (CAPE) will be re­leased by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion (MOE) with­in the next two days.

This was con­firmed by Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia on Sat­ur­day as he not­ed the Min­istry had com­plet­ed the CAPE analy­sis which re­vealed, “Our stu­dents are do­ing ex­cep­tion­al­ly well as the pass rate is 94 per cent.”

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at the Tran­quil­i­ty Gov­ern­ment Sec­ondary School. Three in­vig­i­la­tors were lat­er dis­missed as a re­sult.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions were car­ried out by both the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and CXC fol­low­ing claims that some stu­dents had re­fused to lodge their cell phones with school of­fi­cials on the day of the ex­am.

e said of­fi­cials were yet to com­plete the analy­sis of the CSEC re­sults but as­sured it would be done by Tues­day.

This de­lay was cre­at­ed af­ter the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC) – which is re­spon­si­ble for set­ting the ex­ams – on­ly pre­sent­ed the min­istry with the CSEC re­sults late last week.

101 schools to be re­paired

Mean­while, Gar­cia said out of the 194 schools iden­ti­fied in the Ju­ly/Au­gust school re­pair pro­gramme work would be done on on­ly 101 of them.

He said the orig­i­nal list in­clud­ed 194 pri­ma­ry and sec­ondary schools – he said it had been whit­tled down to 101 in the im­me­di­ate term.

How­ev­er, he as­sured the re­main­ing schools would be placed on the pri­or­i­ty list­ing for the next in­stall­ment of the va­ca­tion re­pair pro­gramme.

The Na­tion­al Main­te­nance Train­ing and Se­cu­ri­ty Com­pa­ny Lim­it­ed (MTS) is re­spon­si­ble for car­ry­ing out the re­pairs.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Why would you allow the students to complete the exam ..when they were caught red handed cheating. That is so unfair to the honest students who invested much time and effort to study. Not certain why cell phones are allowed in an examination room.

  2. As long as they won’t be rewarded with a certificate for their deeds I’m pleased. Since people seemed to be joined at the hip with their devices, perhaps the MOE should invest in a jamming device for each exam venue. This way no matter what students do, there will be no reception. I would love to be a fly on the wall if future students try to cheat and realise they can’t.

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