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Education ministry staying out of Jamaica College/CXC issue
2013-09-09 10:04:29 | with audio | (0 Comments)
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Elaine Foster-Allen - File
Jamaica’s Education Ministry says it cannot influence whether the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) awards grades to dozens of Jamaica College students who sat physics in the 2013 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
The Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) which is an agency of the ministry, is leading an investigation following a complaint by a former Jamaica College physics teacher that the school had fabricated the internal assessment grades for its CAPE physics students.
The OEC’s executive director, Hector Stephenson, has described as curious, its discovery that three laboratory books that should have been submitted to the CXC were at the school.
Stephenson says the CXC will be withholding the grades pending the outcome of the investigation and the process of appeal.
Principal of Jamaica College Ruel Reid has said the matter is an internal one and is being addressed.
And Permanent Secretary in the education ministry Elaine Foster-Allen insists that the Ministry has no role in the matter.
Meanwhile, the education ministry was reportedly not informed about the investigation and is to schedule a meeting with the OEC.
Foster-Allen says it has now become necessary for communication protocols to be speedily agreed on.
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