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Strict Adherence to CXC Examination Guidelines

MOE News
May 17 2019

Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago


Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad

News Release                                                                                                         16th May, 2019


Strict Adherence to CXC Examination Guidelines

The Ministry of Education would like to remind students sitting the CSEC and CAPE examinations of the need to adhere to the guidelines set for examinations by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

This reminder follows a report of misconduct during the CSEC Mathematics Paper at one of our secondary schools. A video circulating on social media highlighted inappropriate communication and cellular phone usage by students resulting from inadequate supervision at the Examinations Centre.

In light of this revelation, the Ministry of Education has terminated the services of the invigilators at this Centre and has given instructions to Examination Coordinators to monitor centres closely to ensure strict adherence to examination protocol. A thorough investigation on this incident is being conducted and a full report will be submitted to CXC, who will determine the consequences for the actions of students.

The Caribbean Examinations Council’s Hand Book for Principals, Administration of Examinations clearly outlines:


88. Candidates must not:

a)      Bring any unauthorized material or devices into the examination room;

b)      Communicate in any way with other candidates when in the examination room;

c)       Indulge in any other form of unfair or dishonest practice.

89. Candidates who disobey the Regulations of the Council or otherwise misconduct themselves will be subject to appropriate penalties.

Penalties for Misconduct

90. A candidate guilty of any misconduct, or unfair or dishonest practice, may have his/her examination papers cancelled, be disqualified and be barred from entry to future examinations offered by the Council. The normal period of debarment of a candidate from examinations is two years.

The Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring fairness to all students during the examination period and any and all incidents of misconduct will be treated with the necessary penalties applicable.