Basseterre, St. Kitts, July 10, 2020 (ZIZ News): Prospective invigilators, supervisors and assistant supervisors attended a sensitization session for CSEC and CAPE examinations held at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College on Friday.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education William Hodge said that this session was hosted to inform exam officials of the proper protocols to adhere to while taking examinations amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This afternoon training is basically some orientation to how the students would take examaminations this year because a number of things have to be in place, certain protocols, hand sanitizing, screening taking your temperature and all of those things so the students are writing the examination this year under very different circumstances.”
Hodge said that the number of invigilators this year has increased to facilitate the physical distancing protocols.
“This year we have had to increase the numbers because students are spread out in order to meet the physical distancing multiple rooms have to be used for the children to use as examination centers and these persons are very important to the process, they are to ensure that the people who come to the centers are not showing signs, they’re not coughing…before they are admitted to the exam room to these are some of the things that they will be sensitize to.”
He said the students were informed of the Covid19 protocols when they were asked to go back to school to complete their SBA’s and the syllabus during the State of Emergency.
Acting Local CXC Registrar, Jackie Flemming said that it was a challenge to prepare for examinations under these unusual circumstances.
“Once we adhere to the protocol it was really a challenge and not a difficulty and so we were able to ensure that all the schools had the classrooms prepared according to the six feet social distancing so we are ready.”
CSEC and Cape are expected to begin on Monday, July 13th, 2020.