The Ministry of Education is also working on getting rid of standardized testing. When the COVID-19 pandemic started, students were exempt from BJAT and PSE since classes transitioned to online learning. Minister of State, Dr. Louis Zabaneh says there is a level of redundancy in the exams and the new curriculum will reflect a change. Dr. Zabaneh also clarified that these exams will still be available to those students who wish to continue their studies at universities, which require exams to be enrolled.
Dr.Louis Zabaneh, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education: “We’re not eliminating the CXC we’re just moving away from organizing secondary education or primary education just to take tests. So we’re moving away from that towards a competency based education. So we have for example the CXCs for students who want to go to school in the Caribbean and require CXCs those will be available but in particular we’re deemphasizing doing all of our work for example at the primary just to take the PSE exams, that we’re moving away from that.”