The Ministry of Education has stated that there will be no compromises on the date for CSEC exams. The Belize National Teachers Union (BNTU) had hoped that they could sit down with the Ministry to push for a later date, perhaps in August or September as opposed to July. President Elena Smith had also stated that she felt blindsided since she had not been consulted with prior to finding out the date. According to Chief Education Officer, Dr Carol Babb, they have been in constant communication with principals, and are unable to change the date, as it was agreed upon by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
Dr.Carol Babb, Chief Education Officer: “CSEC and CAPE exams will begin on the 13th of July that’s fixed. We have a local registrar and we have an association of principals and our local registrar keeps in touch with principals so all through COVID our local registrar has been keeping teachers and principals updated on what should be done regarding these exams so there has been communication with teachers and principals. What we have asked teachers to do is to meet with students to provide support. We know it’s a very difficult time I mean some of them might be facing issues but I’m just hoping with the extra support and the extra time that they have that this will better prepare them for the exams.”
Other bodies across the Caribbean have expressed their concerns with the date as well. This includes the Caribbean Union of Teachers, who had originally recommended a date in September as well as the National Secondary Students’ Council in Jamaica, who is appealing to the government to contest the date.