Entornointeligente.com / Tension is mounting between the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) and Education Ministers in the region regarding the holding of Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams this year. The CUT is to send a letter on Friday to CARICOM Chairman Dr. Keith Rowley, seeking his intervention. The CUT says there has been an inadequate response from the Ministers of Education to concerns about the readiness of students to sit exams amid the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The union also described CXC’s response to growing concerns as lackluster. CUT President Dr. Garth Anderson on Thursday night told Radio Jamaica News that thousands of students who will have to sit CXC exams this year will be placed at a disadvantage. “I’m sure we are all aware and we would have heard what is taking place in the various territories across the region. I cannot understand why they would be holding out and having full blown examinations under conditions that are not favourable for students to succeed. The present system is a Babylon system and it is against that background that we are making our recommendations – not from any emotive position but dealing with facts on the ground,” he asserted. Petitions gain support Petitions opposing CXC’s current CSEC and CAPE exam structure for 2021 have so far garnered almost 30,000 signatures in Barbados. Paula-Anne Moore, Coordinator of the Group of Concerned Parents in Barbados, believes the large number of signatures is an indication of the disapproval across the region with the regional body’s decision not to adjust its exams. A petition started by the Caribbean Union of Teachers has so far attracted 4,978 signatures, another supported by the Caribbean Coalition for Exam Redress has garnered 1,035 signatures, while a petition reportedly launched by students has so far reached 22,905 of its targeted 25,000 signatures.
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