Ungraded CXC subjects had nothing to do with SBAs

Minister of Education Ronald Jones is denying that school-based assessment (SBA) projects that had not been corrected had anything to do with students being ungraded by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in this year’s examinations.

A local media report had recently 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, leading President of the Barbados Secondary Teachers’ Union (BSTU) Mary Redman to rush to the defence of teachers.

Redman, had told Barbados TODAY a week ago that the projects had all been corrected and sent to the CXC, and it was the examination body that had blundered.

In an interview yesterday, Jones appeared to support Redman’s contention, telling Barbados TODAY the issue had nothing to do with SBAs, and that the problems had been identified and corrected and the students would now be graded.

However, he did not say what the problems were, or how many schools or students were affected.

“We have been able to identify many of the issues, and in fact, you will find that after our discussions with CXC, that several of those will be graded. We were able to identify what were some of the challenges that were presented. Suffice it to say that which was reported sometime ago, they were not because of SBA corrections. But there were one or two other minor challenges that presented themselves. But the students, particularly those who identified can rest assured they would get a grade very shortly,” the minister promised.

After a Combermere student appeared to blame the school for the failure to ensure the subjects were graded, 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 fired back saying it was the CXC that had let the pupils down.

She told Barbados TODAY at the time that students from at least two other schools here, as well as schools in St Lucia, also had their SBA projects ungraded by the CXC.

“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 had also pointed out that St Michael School students were ungraded for Caribbean Studies.   

The BSTU president had 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.

15 Responses to Ungraded CXC subjects had nothing to do with SBAs

  1. Marsha Hinds
    Marsha Hinds September 1, 2017 at 4:04 am

    I hope I see the adults who blasted her wrongfully last week be big enough to apologize using this same medium. Show the nation what you teach your children about accepting responsibility when they are wrong..

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    • Skilnic Skyy
      Skilnic Skyy September 1, 2017 at 6:48 am

      Big enough??? Not one aint got the heart!!!!

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    • Marsha Hinds
      Marsha Hinds September 1, 2017 at 7:22 am

      sad…. but explains alot about what we see playing out in school….

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  2. ks September 1, 2017 at 7:05 am

    “We have been able to identify many of the issues, and in fact, you will find that after our discussions with CXC, that several of those will be graded. We were able to identify what were some of the challenges that were presented. Suffice it to say that which was reported sometime ago, they were not because of SBA corrections. But there were one or two other minor challenges that presented themselves. But the students, particularly those who identified can rest assured they would get a grade very shortly,” the minister promised.

    I am no expert at the English language but could all this not have been said in a single line of a few words???

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  3. I m Awesome September 1, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Anyone still want to berate the selfish, lazy, mercenary, good for nothing teachers. Well, in case you can’t one looks forward to the apology if you have any morals.

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  4. Sharon Taylor
    Sharon Taylor September 1, 2017 at 8:09 am

    No no no Mr Jones….. We the public need to know why those students were ungraded… Because if u all have now changed some of the criteria for grading a subject, say English literature, and those kids without a grade can now get a grade…. Then the ones with 4s, 3s and 2s should be regraded! Even ones, cause that means some would now be in line for a distinction! It’s badword common sense… I so do fear for the future of this island, only idiots seem to be in charge….

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    • Nikolaos Yarde
      Nikolaos Yarde September 1, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Doing poorly in the exam gets you an ungraded score

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    • Sharon Taylor
      Sharon Taylor September 1, 2017 at 11:02 am

      I know that Nikolaos Yarde there fore if the ungraded ones get a grade, the others grade should be upgraded as well!

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      • Rasta Wain September 1, 2017 at 1:02 pm

        Who mek you boss

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    • Logical Analysis of Facts September 1, 2017 at 9:48 pm

      “Ungraded” is NOT a designation given to an overall failing score in an examination due to a candidate achieving a score in all components of the exam. Those students would receive a “IV” or “5” etc. Instead,

      13.4.2 candidates will be reported “ungraded: paper/component not received” if the Council did not receive a
      script or project in each of the written or practical components of the examination in a subject or Unit;

      13.4.3 Candidates will be reported “ungraded: no IA/SBA received” if the required IA/SBA was not submitted by
      the presenting institution on their behalf or if, the Council having requested samples of the work done by
      the class, none was submitted by the presenting institution.

      13.5 The Council reserves the right to correct information given in the Intimations which are sent before the
      issue of certificates.

      Therefore your argument is invalid as it relates to the possible alteration of the scores of any other students.

      Errors occur yearly with regard to the final allocation of grades. Systems have errors. Even computer-based and -managed systems. At times scores for particular sections of an exam, whether it be any of the written papers, the multiple choice or the SBA component “go missing” in the system. USUALLY there are mechanisms in place to capture these errors before the final grade is designated. Unfortunately there are times when this does not occur in a timely fashion. However when those omissions have been found the examining body in question alters the final grades accordingly.

      I hope this information clarifies the issue. We cannot always “pay mind” to sensational reporting, or sensational statements by the misinformed for that matter.

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  5. Kearn Williams
    Kearn Williams September 1, 2017 at 8:26 am

    We got d best education system; like how we live in Paradise. Boy o boy

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  6. Breadfruit. September 1, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Mary Redman should take a bow for going to bat for her teachers as they elected to do!

    Tell her critics who donkey they should kiss.
    Cause all bajans like to do is pull down people without having the slightest of clue about the true facts.

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  7. Nikolaos Yarde
    Nikolaos Yarde September 1, 2017 at 10:14 am

    When do crap in the people exam u does get ungraded

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  8. Buun September 1, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Mr. EXCUSITIS of Education speaks again. Go and tell it to the Devil.

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  9. Angella Grandison September 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I am.in Jamaica and my daughter got ungraded for CAPE IT and heard its not SBA. This has affected her so much. This is sheer cruelty to students to see such a word or phrase on the results..CXC is so exact and harsh so they should be penalized for the comedy of errors and messing with students future. My daughter was on a bursary programme and has not recieved this year..waiting on CXC to sort. This is most unforgiveable!

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