Education ministry gives assurances amid exam and election clash

Students writing in their notebooks.

CASTRIES, St Lucia, Thursday May 26, 2016 – The necessary steps have been taken to ensure examinations scheduled for June 6, the same day as general elections, run smoothly without disruptions.

That assurance is being given by the Ministry of Education to candidates writing the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) examinations.

It comes against the backdrop of the demand for answers by the National Students’ Council and others who were concerned about the clash between the examinations and the polls.

In a statement on the matter, the ministry acknowledged that many educational facilities, mostly primary schools, a few secondary schools and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, would be used as polling stations for the general election.

It noted that Chief Education Officer Marcus Edward met last Friday with secondary school principals to discuss the arrangements for the concurrence of the general election and the examinations at the affected facilities.

According to the ministry, the principals had agreed that holding the two activities concurrently would not adversely affect each other.

Furthermore, it said representatives of the Electoral Department and the college had made all arrangements for the sitting of the CAPE and the use of some of its buildings as polling stations.

The ministry added that it has also received the blessings of the CXC for its examinations to be held simultaneously with the general election 2016.

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