Education Ministry acknowledged examination error

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Education Ministry acknowledged examination error


Registrar of Examinations Carmelita Matthew has admitted to an error made with the result of a student, who recently sat the Common Entrance Examination.

Matthew’s comments come on the heels of recent talks regarding a blog post made by local journalist Jason Sifflet’s, who brought the issue to the public’s attention.

The registrar for examinations who appeared on Radio St Lucia 90 Minutes (RSL) today said that following a review of the results for Lovell Motley, a student of the Monchy Combined School, her overall score moved from 87 to 96 per cent.

This now puts the student in the tenth position on the national list of high achievers. According to Matthew, the new result has been handed to the parents of Motley.

The error she said would not affect Motley’s placement, as she has already been assigned the St Joseph’s Convent.

Meanwhile, Matthew said based on the transparent system by which results can be accessed by parents and guardians, and teachers, this allowed Motley’s results to be corrected.

According to reports, the parents requested a review of their child’s Common Entrance result, as they were not sure it was accurate, given the students outstanding performance throughout her primary school years.

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  1. This has opened a can of worms for the Examinations Unit. Now every dissatisfied child and parent will be querying marks. What a mess!

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  2. I agree with ASK 1000000% !! he knows what he is saying... all you other people need to shut up and get your facts right before talking bull ! bye

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    • Honestly in my opinion there need to be and audit into this matter and pass RESULTS from previous years need to be reviewed. IT IS ABOUT MAINTAINING HONESTY INTEGRITY, FAIRNESS FREE FROM BIAS ETC. One can also say that after reviewing the paper whoever marked it did so in such a manner to prevent Lovelly from take top stop.

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    • SHUT UR FACE AND STOP BEING BIAS!!! THERE NEED TO BE AN INQUIRY AND NOT BY LOCALS UR'LL ONLY WANT UR'LL FAMILY TO PROSPER. JUDGEMENT DAY WE WILL ALL ANSWER TO ONE GOD (JUDGEMENT)

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  3. This issue has to be addressed cause locals are the ones correcting and marking the composition and problems paper for a fact. Only the multiple choice paper goes to b/bdos this needs to be changed everything needs to go to b/bdos so we don't have people querying about these issues as well.

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  4. If it was indeed the child's main idea and composition that needed the rectification, who is to say the marker/ English supervisor gave the child a grade which would not allow the child to qualify as the #1 achiever. Jason Sifflet right. The marking of scripts process is subjected to human error, we like to cover up too much. Square pegs in round holes. But that's none of my businesss...

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    • Yes it was the child's main idea and composition that needed the rectification. But when that was done the child still didn't place first. There was no cover up!!!!! Where did you get that there was a cover up!!!!PLEASE

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      • Hellooo I am privy to this information I speak of okay. Yess I will continue saying the marking of the scripts is subject to human error. So if you are a marker, supervisor, numerator or scorer filler in the CEE process then and only then you can say no cover up. Pay cwass ou

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  5. I must commend SNO and ther FloggBlog on breaking a number of stories. If the stories of the Common Entrance Blunnder, the tire shredding machine at Deglos were not brought to viewers attention then we would not know. He may not get all the stories right but where there is smoke there is fire. Once we hear of issues or stories then they need to be corrected or addressed and not shoot the messengers.
    http://thefloggblog.blogspot.com/

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  6. An apology for what? The same thing happened to a child from the St. Aloysius RC boys school in 2012. The child was assigned to the Baboneau Secondary when in fact the boy had made it for St. Mary's College. these things are happening too often now and go unnoticed. choops

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  7. Ms Matthew please explain to the nation how or why a child still gets 0 on an exam, especially the Composition part of the exam

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  8. This thing been happening in st Lucia for the longest while. If officials knew it from start y couldn't it b corrected?

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  9. These errors occurs at the highest institution of learning without any malice of officials.It once happened to me at U.W.I and other students as well.Jason should know that so why suggest otherwise.Sensational journalism i suppose.Lol

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  10. Jason Sifflet needs to get his facts right before he puts it on his blog. He now has to go back and eat his words. The marking of the examination process is not perfect but there is room to query, same for CXC. I believe that when the parent got the results they set up an appointment to review the child's script and upon review noticed some discrepancy. I am very sure that this was rectified with the parent and the necessaries done. Like Miss Matthew said, the child placed 10 on the island after the script was reviewed. I don't know where Sifflet got his information from.
    Maybe he was on a HIGH!!!! There is no conspiracy JASON SIFFLET. The marking process is very transparent and there are checks and balances put in place to minimize on errors. I hope that Mr. Sifflet does the honourable thing and take down his article and write an apology to the Minister and to the Examinations department. I hope that he does not cover up his article but show it as the lie that it is!!!! KARMA

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    • Kudos to Jason, Had he not written the sensational article the ministry would not have publicly addressed the matter but i'm glad they did. It was the right thing to do.... I'm waiting to see lovell on news so she can get all the recognition she deserves.

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    • Regardless of the Ministry having 'checks and balances' in place one is left to wonder about their mathematical abilities since they cannot seem to even be on par with the very students they seek to grade. It is one thing to grade incorrectly or slightly off, but when a grade of ZERO is given to a paper on more than once occasion to more than one student, then there is room for some serious questions to be asked.

      Saying that this is a discrepancy is a cop out and making excuses for people who should be competent. We have been aware of these issues for many years and it is very different to discrepancies in grades at universities where one receives a grade lower than expected. This is TOTALLY different to receiving a zero; especially when more than one student receives the same. Are you suggesting that the person grading the paper wrote down a zero instead of a thirty five?

      Jason highlighted a problem which has gone on for far too long in too high a number. No need to shoot the messenger, but if he hadn't highlighted this incident we would all be totally oblivious to that fact. The frequency and callous disregard in which these grading errors occur are cause for alarm. You will be surprised to know that this young girl is not the only case this year, and not the only one who received ZERO on a completed paper.

      It's time to stop making excuses for negligence and incompetence. The same standards which the students are held to should apply to the Ministry which evaluates their competence to ascend to our secondary schools. The consequences to the students can be substantial. What are the consequences to the incompetents in the Ministry?

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      • Pappyshow you should go to the court houses to protest for all those who are wrongly in prison. All those innocent people who are locked up and the countless others who have been killed innocently. Things happen!!! Once we try our best to make it transparent that's what matters. I really hope that you are Mr or MRs Perfect and that you don't live in a glass house because it will get broken.

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    • Big up to Jason for exposing them.
      Kudos to the ministry for publicly acknowledging the error.
      And most of all, yayyyy to Lovell, she deserves all the spotlight and recognition for her hard work.

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    • Come on 'ask' Jason had a personal experience with a similar situation. Something similar happened to his family member. The Ministry cannot be wrong and strong. Admit it; they made a blunder and the entire Ministry of Education knew about it, maybe even before the child's parents. One has to wonder how many kids had to suffer under similar condition. I am happy that the child's parents believed in their child's ability and demanded a review. The Ministry made an error and they should thank Jason for highlighting the issue and they should apologize to the parents and the nation. Dr. Lewis should not think that because this happens regularly that is it acceptable. Fix the damn problem and don't allow a situation like that to bring down the confidence of our kids. The people of the nation will eventually lose confidence and trust in the ministry of education if they allow that to continue. Shame of you. Jason should be applauded for bringing out something like that and not be chastised. An inquiry should be launched to find out if the Minister was covering this thing up. He needs to resign because he serves as a model in church and in education. shame on him!! congratulations to the student, parents and the Monchy school.

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      • "ME". If the parents query a mark then they get a time slot to come in to the ministry of education and review the script together with the parent and if in doing so they notice some issue then they would immediately address it. So it wasn't a case where a review was 'demanded'. OK!! Once a parent notices something wrong with the child's result they have a right to query, regardless of their socio-economic status. So there was no covering up on any part. Jason needs to get his facts right before saying there was a cover up.

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        • "Ask" you sound like a ministry of education worker. So i don't expect that you will find fault in what has happened. When my child writes common entrance you bet i will be looking out for these inconsistencies. I do like the transparency however, you must admit that if Jason didn't expose you all this would be swept under the rug. His blogg definitely will allow more parents to be more vigilant in the future. So please send a thank you message from the Minister to Jason.

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    • HELLO ASK YOUR SELF!!!! If was in a more developed country they would sue your'll ass and i do think the problem is about just an error in the child results and that is it. But instead the fact that the ministry tried to cover it up, and the fact that maybe just maybe this person may have topped the island. I mean from 87 % to 96 %. And what if the person marking the paper ensured she did not get over 98 % to put her in the top spot. Come on lets have a reality check. TRANSPARENCY what little St. Lucia is so lacking especially in Government!!!!1 LOL

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      • We St. Lucians like to speak from our ... If you don't know about the marking process you should just shut up!!! Stop regurgitating the wrong things people have said. Stop being an ... COME ON!!!!!

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