Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves has described as ‘absolutely ridiculous’ a bill which the country has received from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for SVG’s late staging of CSEC and CAPE exams this year.
Speaking on his Face-to-Face programme on Wednesday, Gonsalves said CXC sent a bill of BBD $516,000. Students in St Vincent and the Grenadines had to write exams a little later this year due to the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano in April.
“CXC has sent us a bill for the CXC and CAPE which we had to do later than usual. Give a guess as to how much they charging us because they do the thing separately… 516,000 Barbadian dollars that is 700,000 EC in our money.”
Gonsalves said he has received the documentation from Minister of Education Curtis King and he intends to go through the entire auditing process.
The prime minister said he also contacted on Tuesday by telephone Professor Hilary Beckles who has the chairmanship with CXC.
“This is ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous. That number can’t be the real number… That is an inflated number of some kind,” said Gonsalves.
The prime minister explained there is more than one paper the examiner sets just in case something happens like storms or volcanoes in the Region.
“But heavenly father… 516,000 Barbadian dollars? In this here time? No… no…no…”
Gonsalves was speaking on NBC radio.
Students in St Vincent and the Grenadines will have access to their official results from CXC in the week commencing October 25, according to a statement on CXC’s official website.
SVG’s Education Media Unit posted today that students will have access to their results on October 29.