Guyanese schools protest CXC grades

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Students and teachers in Guyana are protesting the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) results.

The accuracy of the grades of the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) are being brought into questions by students, parents, and teachers who are demanding that a review be done.

Guyana’s top school, Queen’s College (QC), and other sister schools in Georgetown told local media that they will do everything possible to ensure this is done, even if it means going to court.

“If it means that we have to go towards the legal way, we will do that. If it means that we will petition to remove this college from writing CAPE and CSEC, we will have to do that.

Students of Queens College, Bishops' High School and St Joseph's stage  protest against CXC and CAPE results
Principal of Queen’s College, Jackie Ralph

If it means that we will have to go forward to CARICOM and speak to the representative for education there to take this matter up with the Council, we will do that,” Jackie Ralph, Queen’s Collge principal assured students and parents gathered at the school.

Later on, she told a press conference that the school will be seeking to file an injunction at the Caribbean Court of Justice to block the results.

“We have already consulted a lawyer, our intention is to ensure that we file an injunction to block the declaration of the results,” she said.

Guyana’s Ministry of Education also issued a statement, expressing its dissatisfaction with the poor grades given to the students.

“This Ministry of Education will leave no stone unturned and will pursue solutions with CXC until there is an acceptable resolution to the matter. We are still receiving more complaints and gathering information. The Minister of Education is going to aggressively pursue this matter with CXC in the best interest of the nation’s children”, the statement said.