CXC messed up with SBAs, Redman says

President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is accusing the Barbados-headquartered Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) of committing a grave blunder by failing to grade school-based assessment (SBA) projects submitted by some Combermere School students.

A local media report had presented the students as being in tears because SBAs from the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination business management class and a Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate geography class had not been graded.

One student appeared to blame the school, stating that while there was a problem regarding the teachers and the running of the school, he did not think it would have affected the students’ results.

The CXC’s Assistant Registrar for Public Information and Customer Service Cleveland Sam said he was unaware of the matter.

However, Redman came to Combermere’s defence, telling Barbados TODAY there was no doubt that the projects were corrected and the information sent to the regional examination body.

“I did my investigations, the SBAs were in fact corrected, the marks were uploaded, the samples were sent to CXC, so therefore the fault cannot be at the level of the school,” the BSTU boss said.

Redman said the CXC had a history or failing to grade results, stressing this has “happened so often”.

“ Over the years there have been many instances where CXC has sent back people’s results incorrectly ungraded. A couple years ago all of the art students in the country got ungraded,” Redman said.

“I expected that the students would have been disappointed because they would have known that their work was corrected and sent to CXC.”

It was because of this history, the trade unionist said, that she had advised her members to keep copies of the strips whenever they send the grades to the CXC.

Speaking about her experiences as a teacher, Redman said: “From time to time mistakes are made by the CXC. I have proof of that at the school where I have worked for a number of years where we know over time, there have been instances where students’ SBAs, even though they were submitted, [and] the marks sent off to CXC, the students got ungraded. We had to resend those marks and deal with the situation. CXC is an examining body and is supposed to deal with their mistakes.”

Combermere was one of three secondary schools where teachers had staged industrial action in May – the others being St George Secondary School and the Graydon Sealy Secondary School – over the dismissal of three teachers.

The school has also had a long-running environmental problem, which has forced several school closures.

38 Responses to CXC messed up with SBAs, Redman says

  1. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde August 24, 2017 at 1:33 am

    This woman got some nerves. For teachers in her union to do this to our children, reduce them to tears and now she wants to blame CXC. Some nerves you have Mrs Redman. The teachers responsible for this should be out of a job period! Their fail their charges point blank.

    • Blacklegion Boss
      Blacklegion Boss August 24, 2017 at 5:49 am

      And looking to cxc instead of saying you know we as union mess up n we big enough to take de blame for what we did stop push de blame unto other miss Redman

    • Angelo
      Angelo 'alex' Beckles August 24, 2017 at 7:13 am
    • Melissa Griffith
      Melissa Griffith August 24, 2017 at 10:33 am

      Honestly back in my days the teachers loved to help their students extra helped was given without the requesting of funds and to mark SBA was a part of the job my God. Where is the loved teaching gone ?

  2. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 24, 2017 at 3:20 am

    Incompetent at the highest!

  3. Tom Cabrinie
    Tom Cabrinie August 24, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Those kids should get a passing grade by default.

  4. Asha Skeete
    Asha Skeete August 24, 2017 at 6:01 am

    She is more a DISRUPTION to the school system than a good . Spent months doing nothing other than causing confusion while the children suffer and we’re under severe stress with the SBA issue and now she got the nerve to want to shift blame to CXC !!! You Ms. Redman and the teachers responsible should all be fired !!

  5. BIGSKY August 24, 2017 at 6:03 am

    When all the sick outs and meetings during school time is over, look and see who is left crying.OUR CHILDREN!

  6. Trecia T Hall
    Trecia T Hall August 24, 2017 at 6:41 am

    The award for the most controversial woman in Bim history should go to Ms Redman cause I swear this woman have a split personality #omg

  7. Nesha JR August 24, 2017 at 6:45 am

    This is just so sad

  8. Greengiant August 24, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Why don’t the parents who marched with her march against her now? That’s if the teachers are at fault for late delivery of SBA’s, I do hope for the sake of the Union and it’s members that she is correct, and C X C will respond. They surely will.

  9. Sharon Sealy
    Sharon Sealy August 24, 2017 at 7:13 am

    Add The St. MIchaels School to the list of ungraded as well, and as Ms. Redman stated YES the SBAs were marked and YES they were submitted,now let’s wait for the appropriate authorities to resolve this matter!

    • Mervin Stevenson
      Mervin Stevenson August 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

      But were they submitted in time

    • Sharon Sealy
      Sharon Sealy August 24, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Yes, but for discussion purposes if they were corrected and submitted by the “teachers”, on whose onus is it to make sure that they reach the destination on the required deadline date?

    • Henderson Yarde
      Henderson Yarde August 24, 2017 at 10:03 am

      My son went to SMS and didnt have that problem. His problem was the fact that the Geography teacher was absent almost for a whole term and there wasn’t any replacement for her. She didnt gave them enough practice from past papers, they didnt knew what were their SBA grades going into the exams. Seems like this was the only subject thst he didnt had a clue of his SBA grade going into the exams. Many of his peers and him received 3s in Geography and felt that the Teacher could had done better preparing them.

    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross August 24, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Oh wow! Well over at the Alleyne School it was no better, but here is a biggy.

      On the morning of the Maths exam, students were in the Lower Green bus stand from as early as 6.30 am awaiting the bus which eventually came very late and they arrived at school 40-445 minutes late for the exam.

      The invigilator did not even offer to get them any assistance, but they were told that they had four minutes to get started before they were denied the opportunity to write the exam. Nothing was done to assist those children ….and they did not get any extra time.

      I understand that there were no passes……

      Who cares about these children?

  10. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith August 24, 2017 at 7:16 am

    This woman is a nuisance,how is it that every one else’s SBA that was submitted to CXC were graded and not these,how is CXC to blame.
    She is an agitator.

  11. Reading with Common Sense August 24, 2017 at 7:38 am

    How are you guys reading that article and still blaming her and teachers? She said the SBAs were corrected and and sent off to CXC who has a history of giving students ungraded. This happens every year, but the public is not informed.
    The teachers have done their their job, it is clearly an error that will be resolved.

  12. Sue Donym August 24, 2017 at 8:03 am

    BT has managed to add to the confusion.
    If my interpretation of the process is correct, the submissions are MARKED locally, so to say that they were NOT GRADED by CXC seems to suggest that they were not marked by CXC.
    To me, a student receiving an Ungraded, means that not all the course components were met by the student, or that the overall mark was not enough to reach a gradeable level.
    BT’s first report pointed to the SBAs not being submitted to CXC, which would suggest an error/omission by the school. This report alleges that it is more likely that the SBAs were all graded and samples submitted to CXC, so that if NONE OF THE STUDENT results includes a mark for SBA, that would be a fault by CXC.

    The questions to be answered would be:
    – Whether CXC received any of the submissions at issue
    – Whether the student SBAs might have been sent or received late, thereby disqualifying them for consideration.
    – Whether the school met its obligation, but some fault lies with CXC
    – If CXC has erred, whether the student marks can be included to give accurate grades.
    – Whether there is a credible method of determining who is at fault and what can be done in the best interest of the students.

    There obviously needs to be an honest and detailed response from the school and from CXC.
    By the way, BT paragraph 10 would make more sense if you were referring to student “scripts”. Some reporters need to do more than record, play back and write what they think they heard.

    • Rasta Wain August 24, 2017 at 11:47 am

      BT and BN has an agenda, imagine how stupid they think we are not to recognize

  13. Patricia M August 24, 2017 at 8:13 am

    It is vitally important to know the facts before passing judgement! This is one reason why teachers should have nothing to do with the marking of these SBAs ! The CXC needs to take full responsibility for its examinations.

  14. Lady-Stylez Pilgrim
    Lady-Stylez Pilgrim August 24, 2017 at 8:30 am

    And it’s not only cawwmere that was affected with this nonsense too

  15. Hanifa Nakhuda
    Hanifa Nakhuda August 24, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Cxc did not mess up..Combemere school needs an overhaul. The school has been lapsing . I have numerous experiences with the school and it has been nerve wracking. The school has management issues. I can openly say this because I felt it too often. My son was ungraded for Geography as well. Not to mention he was issued with a new candidate number weeks before exams and no one told him.

    • Habiba Mohamed-Jami
      Habiba Mohamed-Jami August 24, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      My heart goes out to these students.

    • Pat BB
      Pat BB August 24, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Hanifa girl, I had some very bad experiences as well, I’m so glad my children r not there anymore, too much internal issues that affecting d children..
      I wish ur child that is there all the best

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith August 24, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      We all had bad experiences because of situations that are going on at the school,like the environmental issues,the problems with Ms Redman calling out the teachers on every and everything,there is also a certain teacher at the school who seem to be always stirring up trouble,that being said,Ms Redman need to stop with her nonsense,if she have problems with the MOE deal with it differently,because it is not affecting anyone but the children.
      My daughter had a wonderful education at the school,had no problem with teachers,but I realize in her last two years she had to teach herself a lot,and to be honest there is nothing wrong with volunteering.

    • Hanifa Nakhuda
      Hanifa Nakhuda August 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

      From my observation it was a whole domino effect. One thing after the other .my son enjoyed his time at the school but I was there making sure he did not fall through. What about those children who did fall through the shaky system at that school. ?

  16. D Byer August 24, 2017 at 9:52 am

    When I was a teacher I submitted all my SBA marks for IT and uploaded the marks and all of my students still were ungraded had to send them over to CXC

  17. Henderson Yarde
    Henderson Yarde August 24, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Also remember her (Ms Redman)remarks when the M.O.E said SBAs were corrected by other teachers. She said that it.amounts to slavery!

  18. Kathy August 24, 2017 at 11:08 am

    Shaking my head. If this here is a ploy to get CXC to pay for the correction of the SBAs then this is not good enough. Granted, I know it is a lot of work for the teachers, but you have to look at the bigger picture. At the end of the day the children are the ones who suffer and that is not fair at all. Ms. Redman, instead of marching up and down the place like you are in the military, find a solution to this problem.

  19. Habiba Mohamed-Jami
    Habiba Mohamed-Jami August 24, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    This entire ordeal is extremely sad indeed. The only ones who suffer are the students and the parents are under real stress. Cxc,unions and teachers all need to get their act together. They are failing our students and youth. And then we wonder why the young people get so!!!!SMH

  20. Amor Johnson
    Amor Johnson August 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    I agreed with u Ashley total nuisance

  21. Janelle Marshall
    Janelle Marshall August 24, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Mary Redman the votes are in. The people thinks its time you go. So resign.

  22. clint August 24, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Why is there an attack on Ms Redman for something that can be verified and will be verified in time? Since the situation has occurred as reported in the media, an investigation would be carried out, the outcome of which would either validate or invalidate the claims of the students and validate or invalidate the claims of Ms Redman.

  23. Areli Fields August 24, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Every Accounts student including myself got ungraded as our result. It’s very frustrating and would like it to be dealt with. We attended Upper Level Educational Institute in Chaguanas, Trinidad, and our IAs (SBAs) we’re completed and sent in

  24. The Three Eyed Raven August 25, 2017 at 6:02 am

    First let me start by saying how amazing it is to see people cast so much judgement and blame on teachers before they actually either take the time to think or just do some proper investigation into a matter.

    Mary Redman is very much correct in this instance. The error in this situation lies solely with CXC.

    The Grade Summary and Preslips uploaded to the Combermere School CXC account, along with the results posted to the individual students’ accounts, by CXC, show that all of the MOB students received “Ungraded” in this subject. However the official Preslips that were received by the school on Wednesday, do indeed have the grades for all of these students.

    To this end I would also like to congratulate all 19 of these students and their “wutless and incompetent” teachers for obtaining a 100% pass rate in the subject. Furthermore 17 of these 19 students received the preferred grades of 1s, 2s, and 3s, with the other two students obtaining grade 4s (Grades 1-5 are passes at the CAPE level).

    The geography issue at the CSEC level is still under investigation.

    I will take this time to further congratulate the school, the students and the “wutless and incompetent” teachers on their overall performances. They obtained an overall 93%
    pass rate at the Cape level, maintaining the high standard set over the years. This is even more commendable, given the challenges that they faced this year.

    People have tried to make this a Combermere issue,which it is not…others schools have been and are being affected. Others want to make it a Mary Redman or Union issue, which it is not…she has simply tried to shed some light on the situation.

    What needs to happen…people need to leave Combermere alone. Instead of unnecessarily running to the Press at any opportunity to try to discredit the name of the school…let the school return to a sense of normalcy, where issues can be addressed adequately and efficiently.

    I even question the relevance of the last two paragraghs of this article. Are we trying to flog this horse until it is dead??

  25. Mary Quite Contrary August 27, 2017 at 12:01 am

    People need to leave the teachers and the unions alone. Both of them have their role to play.

    In dismissing the SBA issue, parents need to assist and guide their belligerent, antisocial, bad behaved disrespectful uncouth ungrateful little wrethces. They need to assist their wretches with homework and SBAs and see to it that the homework is completed and submitted. Teach them to respect authority and teachers.

    Parents should also take their social moral and ethical upbringing of their little wretches seriously.

    Stop blaming the teachers for everything.


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