A decision by the Caribbean Examination Council to offer examinations online will be costly to Dominica, Finance Minister, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said.
CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch told members of the media, while in Dominica in July 2016, that effective January 2017 all multiple choice papers will be available online for students.
Cumberbatch said if countries prefer the physical multiple choice paper these will be sent, but added that in 2018, all papers of every examination offered by CXC will be available online.
Addressing a town hall meeting in Wotten Waven on Wednesday 7 June 2017, the Finance Minister said the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development has requested an increase in its annual budgetary allocation to facilitate this online testing.
“Education is asking for more money and one of the things with education is that the CXC is now going to have examinations online and the Ministry of Education, the government now must buy computers for every secondary school in Dominica,” Mr Skerrit told the audience at the Wotten Waven Resource Centre.
He added that government has to purchase new computers in order to establish the testing centers which will create recurrent cost.
“Because you cannot have a computer room and it’s closed and you’re not maintaining it, you need to have staff to maintain it, you need to have people to fix them if they go bad. So there is not only going to be a capital cost to this request, there is going to have to be a recurrent cost,” the Finance Minister added.