Department of Education Services Explains Exam Deferral Process

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The following is a press release from the Department of Education Services:

2022 Exam Deferral FAQ

The Department of Education Services reminds the public that students who cannot sit scheduled Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations due to COVID 19 may defer until the next available sitting in January or June 2023.

“The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) allows candidates to sit exams that they previously missed due to illness or other unavoidable circumstances during the next sitting without the need for re-registration. I urge parents to utilise this provision where applicable,” remarked DES Director Mark Ray.

Candidates who wish to defer exams must notify their school at least one day before the scheduled date. The school will then apply to CXC for the deferral on the candidate’s behalf.

It should also be noted that missed examinations cannot be issued at a later date during the same examination cycle, as the content of the exam would have been already exposed to the students.

Mr. Ray continued, “Our schools are eager to facilitate this process; however, candidates must notify schools of their intention to defer promptly to ensure that the process goes smoothly.”

Other examining bodies, including Pearson, which offers General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) exams, allow candidates to withdraw without penalty up until the scheduled exam date.

To seek a deferral or withdraw from an examination, please contact the principal of your child’s school using the contact information below:

School Principal/Director Email Telephone Number
Clifton Hunter High Richard Wildman 936-0471
John Gray High Jon Clark 938-8537
Layman E Scott Snr High Devon Bowen 926-3045
Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) Mr. Pedro Lazzari 949 3285

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