Tuesday 7th May, 2019-The Director of Education is assuring students affected by Monday’s power outage during their EDPM exams that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology is making representation on their behalf.
An investigation is being conducted by APUA to determine what led to the outage for more than an hour on Monday morning, just as students across the island had begun the first CXC administered exams for May/June, 2019. The power suppression halted the examination, since the paper that was being worked on required the use of computers.
Director of Education, Clare Browne has apologized for the inconvenience and says the ministry has already held discussions with CXC officials in Bridgetown, Barbados.
Director Browne explained that he had held discussions with APUA officials who gave the assurance that there were no planned outages, but what occurred appeared to have been unavoidable. He added that following the outage, every effort was made to ensure students were not deprived of the time in which the examination was to be completed.
A total of 2,317 candidates in Antigua and Barbuda have registered for the May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC). The first examinations on Monday were Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), Music Practical, Clothing & Textiles Paper 2 and Chemistry Paper 3.
Mr. Browne detailed that with some students affected during the EDPM exam, CXC will likely resort to an estimated grade.