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CXC to go for 100 percent moderation of SBAs

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will from next year be conducting 100 percent moderation of all School Based Assessments (SBAs), based on an independent review of the administration of the CXC July/August 2020 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency examinations, top officials said Sunday. “Certainly, the lessons and information that would have been gleaned from this year’s ...

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Professor Jacob Opadeyi back in Guyana’s education sector

Former University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor Professor Jacob Opadeyi is back in Guyana and is employed as Special Projects Officer at the Ministry of Education, seven months after mounting the campaign platform for the governing People’s Progressive Party (PPP). Professor Opadeyi recently accompanied Minister of Education Priya Manickchand in talks with British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn. “A ...

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CXC to conduct “independent” review but insists on established rules

Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Sir Hilary Beckles on Monday acknowledged that some “issues” would have to be addressed quickly concerning the region-wide controversy over grades for the July 2020 examinations, but he again insisted that the regional examining body would only respond to requests for  reviews. “It was anticipated that given these specific challenges a period of ...

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Guyana’s Queen’s College threatens to leave CXC, take legal action over alleged botched results

Two of Guyana’s leading secondary schools on Thursday joined others across the Caribbean in condemning the apparent poor grading of students at the 2020 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency (CAPE) examinations, with Queen’s College already threatening legal action and possibly lobbying for withdrawal from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). “If CXC does not bend, we will ...

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Nicolette Henry, Priya Manickchand clash over COVID-19 learning packages

Former Minister of Education Nicolette Henry and current Education Minister Priya Manickchand on Wednesday took on each other over questions about  COVID-19 learning packages” for schools, with Henry charging that Manickchand was trivialising her explanations and Manickchand blaming her for holding on to power instead of getting work done. During consideration of 2020 Budget estimates of expenditure  COVID-19 accelerated programme, ...

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Cash-grant for school-going children not a one-off payment- Manickchand

Minister of Education Priya Manickchand on Wednesday said the GYD$15,000 cash-grant programme for each registered school age child would not be a one-off payment. Responding to questions by opposition coalition parliamentarians, she said the grant would eventually be increased to GYD$50,000. “We have no concerns about it being sustained or sustainable because when we get money we invest it back ...

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Ministry of Education launches online teacher training programme

The Ministry of Education on Tuesday officially launched its online training programme for teachers to prepare them to deliver education through the use of information and communications technology (ICT). All educators from public and private schools, trainee teachers at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and lecturers at the University of Guyana (UG) will be able to participate in ...

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Ministry of Education to conduct “diagnostic tests” on blended education delivery; 4th, 5th formers to return to classes sooner

Minister of  Education  Priya Manickchand on Friday hoped that a combination of Online, radio, television, handouts and toys will continue to deliver education during the extended closure of schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but she indicated that it would be hard to immediately measure success. “While we do not know what the outcomes will be, what we hope is ...

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Education Minister rubbishes APNU+AFC criticisms of Commonwealth of Learning Online scholarship initiative

Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand late Friday night denied claims by A Partnership for National Unity+Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) that an international Online learning initiative was aimed at hoodwinking Guyanese and capturing their personal information. She said the Commonwealth of Learning has related that if  Guyanese do not register through the Ministry of Education they would have to pay for ...

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Current, former ministers clash over scholarship award

by Samuel Sukhnandan Former Minister of Public Service Ms.Tabitha Sarabo-Halley has responded to criticisms that scholarships had been “skewed to one demographic and a geographic area in Guyana” under the previous government, something she has denied. Ms. Sarabo-Halley said Monday that the new Public Service Minister Ms. Sonia Parag’s statement is misleading and does not reflect a true representation of ...

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