Today, July 30th, 2021, marks the end of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) written examination period in Trinidad and Tobago. Approximately 31,400 students sat CXC examinations in 2021- twenty-two thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine (22 999) students wrote the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and eight thousand, three hundred and ninety-two (8392) students wrote the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) between June and July of this year. Despite the prevailing circumstances and logistical challenges, those charged with the responsibility for these critical examinations worked assiduously to assure our students the best opportunity for success. The execution of these examinations proceeded without major incident, which, especially in the context of the pandemic, is significant.
The conduct of CSEC and CAPE 2021 would not have been possible without the resilience and commitment of the students and their parents; along with the dedication, coordination and expertise of teachers and Principals, in addition to permanent and temporary staff of the Examination, School Supervision and Management, Curriculum Planning and Development Divisions, the Education District Health Unit, and all other staff, led by the Executive Management Team of the Ministry. Special mention must be made of the invigilators, moderators, and ancillary school staff. Invaluable support was also received from primary stakeholders such as the Ministry of Health, and the National Maintenance Company Limited (NMTS).
According to the Education Minister, Dr. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, “this examination comes on the heels of the SEA, and with little to no downtime, our citizens have risen to the occasion and demonstrated the resilience required to make progress in difficult times. In this, the first-ever virtual school year, our students; with the support of their teachers and parents, gave themselves the best chance of success. For this, the nation is grateful. For those students who may not have been able to participate fully in this examination sitting due to circumstances caused by COVID-19, the Ministry of Education stands ready to support you at the next available opportunity.”
“On behalf of the Government, the Executive of the Ministry of Education, Minister Lisa Morris-Julian and myself, I wish to express heartfelt thanks to all who were part of the process.”
Dr. the Hon. Nyan Gadsby-Dolly