Chap­ter closes on vexed SBA is­sue at Pen­wood High

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE LATE sub­mis­sion of sam­ples of school-based assess­ments (SBAs) was not only con­fined to the Pen­wood High School in Kingston, but im­pacted scores of stu­dents at four other in­sti­tu­tions lo­cally.

The Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil (CXC) had clas­si­fied as ‘un­graded’ the SBAs of 40 stu­dents for whom sam­ples were not sent to the re­gional ed­u­ca­tion body by the July 31 dead­line, this year.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ruel Reid on Wed­nes­day sought to close the chap­ter on the SBA de­ba­cle, an­nounc­ing that the CXC had now sub­mit­ted grades for the Pen­wood High stu­dents.

He told jour­nal­ists dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s post-Cabi­net press brief­ing that hard copies of the re­sults have been de­liv­ered to the Over­seas Ex­am­i­na­tions Com­mis­sion in Kingston.

The non-sub­mis­sion of SBAs also plagued at least four other in­sti­tu­tions this year, which are now just re­ceiv­ing their re­sults for some stu­dents from the CXC.

Reid said ar­range­ments were being made for the in­sti­tu­tions to pick up copies of the SBA re­sults.

The other schools im­pacted by the late sub­mis­sion of SBAs are Port­more Com­mu­nity Col­lege in St Cather­ine, Haile Se­lassie High in Kingston, Man­nings Evening In­sti­tute in West­more­land and St Vin­cent Strambi High School in Bull Sa­van­nah, St El­iz­a­beth.

It was dur­ing the Pen­wood High is­sue that the ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter en­quired as to whether other in­sti­tu­tions had sim­i­lar SBA chal­lenges.

He later dis­cov­ered that other schools had been delin­quent in hand­ing over the SBAs of stu­dents on time.


“There is no struc­ture which ex­isted where the par­ent min­istry would have been sig­nalled if there was any ir­reg­u­lar­ity or anom­aly,” Reid said, adding that a sys­tem has now been put in place to alert the min­istry to any prob­lems which may arise.

The ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter pointed out that go­ing for­ward, the board of high schools would be asked to im­pose pos­si­ble sanc­tions when per­sons are found cul­pa­ble for fail­ing to sub­mit the stu­dents’ SBAs.

“If schools over time are in­ef­fi­cient and delin­quent in car­ry­ing out th­ese func­tions, I will have to take ac­tion in re­gard to deal­ing with the board to get im­prove­ment and com­pli­ance.”

Ear­lier this year, Pen­wood High had failed to sub­mit the sam­ples to the CXC by the July 31 dead­line, re­sult­ing in the stu­dents’ exam re­sults being clas­si­fied as un­graded.

Ja­maica had ap­pealed to CXC after The Gleaner re­ported the is­sue. The CXC later ac­cepted the sam­ples.

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