Changes have been made to the formats for the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) this year. This includes allows students to defer their exam dates to 2022 without penalty and with transfer of their SBA grades.

This changes were discussed at a meeting of Minsters of Education of the Region on Monday and they came to the following consensus:

° The examinations will consist of Papers 1, 2 and 3/School Based Assessment (SBA) as per the original format of CXC examinations. Please note that changes to the SBA requirements for 2021 have already been communicated to schools.

° The period for examinations will be June/July 2021.

° Results are to be released within the last week of September, 2021.

° Paper 2 will not contain optional items, but the broad topics to be examined will be released by CXC to Ministries of Education five weeks prior to the start of examinations for dissemination to students. Paper 1 will examine all topics as usual.

° Students will be given the option, up to May 2021, to defer exam dates from 2021 to 2022 without penalty and with the transfer of SBA grades.

° The University of the West Indies will extend the Matriculation Waiver for one further year, to permit entry of CAPE matriculants into the UWI for the beginning of Academic Year 2021/2022 based on their Year 1 CAPE results.