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Wheatley confident BVI will perform well in confirmed July sitting of CXC

Education Minister, Dr Natalio Wheatley

Despite the disruptions caused by COVID-19, Education MInister Dr Natalio Wheatley has said he is confident local students will perform well during the 2020 Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) exams, which have been confirmed for July.

Dr Wheatley told BVI News preparations for the exams are in full swing and said Flow Study has been a big help for students in that effort.

“I am particularly grateful to Flow for making the Flow Study learning platform available to the public at a free cost — and that is a platform that helps with preparations for CXC — as well as our teachers who going about preparing our students for the exams,” Dr Wheatley said.

“We anticipate that we will do well despite the circumstances. After the storms in 2017 we had pretty good results, so it shows that we are resilient and that we are able to handle adversity,” he stated.

Online testing nothing new for BVI

Dr Wheatley also said the e-testing modality is one which the BVI is fully capable of using, considering the territory has used it in the past.

“One factor that is working in our favour is that we already did our exams electronically and that helps tremendously given the COVID-19 situation. That was one proposal by CXC with the electronic format, which some member states were not as equipped to do as here in the BVI because we have already done it fully online,” he stated.

July date best option

The Education Minister said the BVI had proposed the July date to CXC since it was a date which would cause minimal disruptions going into the next school year.

According to CXC, the results for those exams will be released in the first week of September.

“We anticipated that we would be ready for that particular time … and persons wanting to matriculate on to other institutions will be able to do so at the appropriate time,” he explained.

CXC’s exam strategy

For the 2020 exams, CXC decided to administer Multiple-choice papers for this year’s sitting.

The final grades will be determined by the results of the multiple-choice coupled with School-Based Assessments. Paper 032s will be used as the SBA alternative for private candidates.

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  1. one-termer says:

    This joker don’t have a clue about education

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    • @one termer says:

      Speak for yourself. He will be around in politics for a long time.

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    • No name calling please... says:

      Do you have to be disrespectful? He is doing his best, subject to some minor exceptions of course.

      He is definitively a true servant of his people. Pity that you cannot seat !!!

      And FYI , he is going to be around for a long , long time!!!

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  2. concerned parent says:

    The platform they are using is a joke, teachers do not attend class on time, yet want you to wait by the computer 24/7 to be ready when they are ready.

    Today there was no guidance supposably but yesterday SUNDAY they sent 4 emails correcting themselves twice before the correct information was given.

    Then another 4 emails before school starts, as well as signing in to the platform sitting through the class only to be marked AU absent when the they were in the class and sent the classwork back on time.

    The items being sent that cannot be opened or scanned by classwork still needing to be in on time.

    Needs overhauling my Childs class has only 8 people in as do many of the other classes so why can they not go back to school, oh wait its just like when it rains hard in Tola and all the countries schools must shut down even though they are listed as hurricane shelters and can take a bit of rain.

  3. The truuuth says:

    Yes because the former minister left good systems and policies for education.

  4. Xoxo says:

    You people always blogging p-××. Set a dumb axxxs pretending you all smart. Cannot even write a correct sentence. Always complaining.

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  5. 7th Power says:

    My Monday punishment !!!

  6. laughing stock says:

    This is the new Dr. Do Little. He take over from Vincent Scatliffe. Hon. Wheatley has no idea how to manage anything. Laughing stock

  7. First says:

    Education moved by leaps and bounds under the former Minister Walwyn. Its because of Walwyn why we can now do learning on line. This was in place before hurricane Irma and it helped us then and is helping us now. We were even able to do CXC on line testing months after Irma, the only Caribbean country to do so and we got the worse damage of them all. The political haters will try to diminish the good work of this man but lies cannot change the truth.

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  8. Media says:

    He won the title Mr photogenic thou

  9. vip says:

    The 7th district candidate is in trouble

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