More schools ungraded in CXC blunder, Redman says

While the attention was on Combermere School, President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman is charging that students from other schools also had their school-based assessment (SBA) projects ungraded by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

A local media report had yesterday presented Combermere 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.

Redman, who yesterday told Barbados TODAY the CXC had committed a major blunder, today revealed that students from at least two other secondary schools here, as well as schools in St Lucia, had suffered a similar fate.

“This is not the first time that incidents like this have occurred with the CXC, they have done this with various subjects in various schools repeatedly. This year, Combermere is not the only school with this problem and I don’t understand why the focus was on Combermere School. Reports reaching the union indicate that the St Michael School had students receiving ungraded for environmental studies at CAPE [Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination] and the Minister [of Education] himself was at pains to point out that there were no problems with the marking of SBA’s. So, therefore, it can’t be the teachers,” said Redman, who also pointed that St Michael School students were ungraded for Caribbean Studies.

The BSTU president further disclosed that even after a glitch in the CXC system had forced teachers to twice submit the SBA marks for a Principles of Business class, the entire class was ungraded for their projects.

“At Springer Memorial some Agricultural Science students suffered a similar fate and I understand today from a colleague that St Lucia has issues with CXC results in Information Technology and other subject areas,” the union boss said, while accusing the regional examination body of playing “fast and loose” with children’s education.

“The union is saying that these types of occurrences are happening too frequently across the system. I remember a few years ago every single student in Barbados doing Art received an ungraded mark. Where are the checks and balances at CXC when red flags like this arise in this computerized state of the art facility of which they boast and operate,” the teachers’ rights advocate stressed, while lamenting that it would cost parents to challenge their children’s marks.

“Normally it takes just minimal investigations to produce reversals and amend such results. CXC is too quick to issue ungraded results and the Ministry of Education has to take the lead to protect Barbadian students in these circumstances. Our Government spends too much money with CXC for this to inefficiency to continues,” she argued.

39 Responses to More schools ungraded in CXC blunder, Redman says

  1. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith August 24, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    I just can’t with this woman,because she was the same woman also telling teachers not to grade the SBAs,now she is pivoting all over the place.Just woman up and share the blame.

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds August 25, 2017 at 5:34 am

      Share the blame for what??

    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best August 25, 2017 at 6:07 am

      It aint cxc, it aint the teachers. I guess the SBAs ran away.

    • Verla De Peiza
      Verla De Peiza August 25, 2017 at 7:14 am

      Not share; take the blame. Given what she declared before, this was a predictable outcome.

    • Verla De Peiza
      Verla De Peiza August 25, 2017 at 7:15 am

      What is interesting is that most other schools seem to have disobeyed her!

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith August 25, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Verla what got me is the woman acting like she did not have a part to play in the whole fiasco. If there were issues before it was not as widespread as now,after she caused so much confusion within the schools.

    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best August 25, 2017 at 9:04 am

      A rep from cxc said the only way you can get an ungraded is if the sba wasn’t submitted or the student didn’t do it. Hmmmmm. Interesting.

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith August 25, 2017 at 10:13 am

      Okay Kathyann,let’s wait and see how this plays out,smh

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds August 25, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      The Ministry paid people to correvt SBAs in cases where teachers chose not to work for free…. The SBAs are CXC’s responsibility and to a lesser extent the MOE’s…. I am still unclear as to what blame Ms. Redman sd take…

    • Petee Cumberbatch
      Petee Cumberbatch August 25, 2017 at 2:08 pm

      shes a big ass

  2. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall August 24, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Everyone of them want dismissing.
    Job description any other duties .
    SBA is a teaching components

    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds August 25, 2017 at 5:35 am

      They are not teaching components….

    • Sheldine Dyall
      Sheldine Dyall August 25, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Thanks Marsha

    • Wayne Adrian Jordan
      Wayne Adrian Jordan August 25, 2017 at 7:22 am

      in my opinion, an SBA is not a component of regular teaching, It has nothing to do with the regular assignments the department creates or teachers create. if it was, all schools around the world would be doing it . It is an assessment assigned by an examining board to determine a student’s final grade for an official examination. It’s a percentage of the overall mark. But this will all come back and bite CXC in their proverbial asses, when they can’t find enough markers, as I was informed happened this year, to mark the regular exams in the summer when we have to be paid I know very few teachers in Barbados who don’t mark their students’ SBAs and not because we disagree with Ms. Redman, but because we put our children first, despite what the general public is saying or the pressure CXC puts us under, a pressure which continues to increase each year.

      • Been there done that. August 29, 2017 at 6:14 am

        Anytime you are running a system and you claim that no mistakes are possible, you are not telling the truth. It is entirely possible that there was an issue and by saying that CXC is not at fault makes it more embarrassing when the glitch, if there was one, is discovered.I have to commend the BSTU head for standing up for teachers even when the community jumps to a lockstep criticism without any evidence of teacher culpability. As to the commenter who suggests that parents get a lawyer, don’t stop there. Teachers are also free to sue if their rights are infringed.

  3. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross August 25, 2017 at 1:00 am

    Parents – get your lawyer.

  4. Dave Person
    Dave Person August 25, 2017 at 1:41 am

    cxc still relevant?

  5. Enam Idrissa
    Enam Idrissa August 25, 2017 at 2:39 am

    Sigh. Oui.

  6. Duane Burke
    Duane Burke August 25, 2017 at 3:12 am

    If any of this is true the credibility and integrity of CXC is called to question. The real question is will CXC close ranks and protect its own or will it protect the children and Have a thorough Independent, fair and transparent investigation?

  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce August 25, 2017 at 5:14 am

    Complete Shambles!

  8. Basil Bradshaw
    Basil Bradshaw August 25, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Straighten up your unionism and let the teachers do their job money is the root of you all evils smh

  9. Itz Queen
    Itz Queen August 25, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Look every day it’s a problems in Barbados.Barbados ramfullup it want pressing out ,if I had my way fa a day I would straight out Barbados with some good old time starch.

  10. Yvonne Sealy
    Yvonne Sealy August 25, 2017 at 6:29 am

    May b a case of too many Chiefs n not enough Indians

  11. Wayne Adrian Jordan
    Wayne Adrian Jordan August 25, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I’m not sure why people are reacting this way. Despite how she feels about the marking of the SBAs and payment, there is a critical situation here that affects our children and must be addressed. There are too many inconsistencies, some that I have noticed, that is a result of the new e-marking and the uploading of SBA. Focus on the issue and not on the person. I am sure that if one of your children had received an UNGRADED even when procedure would was followed, you would be singing another tune. All I have seen the woman do is look out for the rights of teachers who are being overworked by CXC and under appreciated by most in the society. Yes, she is real damn annoying, but if I were faced with an issue, I’d want her in my court.

    • Breadfruit. August 25, 2017 at 7:29 am

      Dese emotional women dus cant tink objectively !

    • clint August 25, 2017 at 7:55 am

      Most of the persons attacking the individual have no knowledge of these occurrences historically. Students have received an ungraded in the past for many reasons. Where it was an error on CXC’s part, the problem was rectified and the students received their grades then. An investigation would be carried out and provided it’s an error on CXC’s part the students will be given a grade. If the error is on the school, the ungraded will remain. I agree with you and asked the question why are individuals attacking Mary Redman and not dealing with the issue? The issue is one that is verifiable. The more articles like these appear it is becoming more evident the influence of media-in its broadest senses- have on persons and the lack of analysis skills to deal with issues.

  12. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund August 25, 2017 at 8:04 am

    Wow,Every day it’s a different leader making excuses instead of taking responsibility…A country,an organization is as good as its leaders..smh..Every day from my window looking in it’s something putting my island in a bad light..

  13. Charjoy August 25, 2017 at 8:07 am

    We need to hear from CXC. Now, can some one please clarify this for me. Is Redman’s objection to teachers marking CXC an issue of money or time; because both cannot be true. If it’s time then additional payment is not the solution. I know of schools where teachers are so engaged and committed to their students’ success that they have started SBA whatsapp chats and they work assiduously with parents and students to ensure that SBAs are well done. I can attest to this; ask Dr Brown at QC, Principal Benjamin at Springer. Good strong leaders who have managed to develop and inspire their teachers to rally around the students. Redman doth protest too much !!!

  14. Patricia M August 25, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Seems to me that the uninformed were only too happy to flog the Combermere school when they thought it was a Combermere problem. Now that they are learning about similar problems elsewhere they malicious intent is fully exposed

  15. Cynthia Bee
    Cynthia Bee August 25, 2017 at 8:49 am

    As I mentioned before this Behaviour goes on in all types of Schools/Academies, children’s work not being graded ,, and Principals too busy to meet with you to discuss ,, it is sad in the junior school at least you have a choice but at this stage the Children are at a greater disadvantage ,, .Hope we would not be reading about this next year again ,,,

  16. Akeeba Holder
    Akeeba Holder August 25, 2017 at 9:51 am

    One question! if the teachers did not grade them why someone else ain’t grade them?

  17. Chelle Berry
    Chelle Berry August 25, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I read this entire article and I’m trying to find out why people are quarreling with Miss Redman. To be honest, my beef with the teachers unions is that they need to let the public know more about how the issues that they raise, actually affect the children. But then, someone would say that they are not children’s advocates. It pains me that people seem (note the word ‘seem’) to think that the majority of teachers in Barbados do nothing but gripe and complain and do no work. I know too well that long before the union raised issues about correcting SBAs in this country, that blunders like this have happened. I think that we need, as a people, to do our own research. It may surprise you the things that you learn. Whether she is pivoting or changing her position, is not important. The important thing is that, according to the Minister, the work was graded by the teachers and submitted. Where are the children’s assignments?

  18. Felicia Trotman
    Felicia Trotman August 25, 2017 at 11:43 am

    sue who?


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