Students tampering with CXC results online

Monday, August 15, 2011 | 9:20 AM    

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PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Education Minister Tim Gopeesingh has warned students of a "criminal and fraudulent activity" after reports surfaced here that people were interfering with the official grades released by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

Gopeesingh told reporters that the CXC was moving to restrict interaction on its grade accessing portals, after reports of grade tampering online. Gopeesingh said he first became aware of the issue last week and he immediately contacted CXC's chief executive officer and registrar, Didacus Jules.

"I spoke with Dr Jules and he said that he had reports that students were tampering with grades online and he had to remove the logo from CXC so that any student who attempts to print the online grades as one of official transcripts will be found in breach.

"I want to remind students that doing this is a criminal and fraudulent activity. The transcripts that we are giving to all schools from CXC are the ones that have been sent by CXC to us. We are giving these transcripts to school supervisors and principals and that is the official transcript."

Gopeesingh warned that "any student who attempts to prepare transcripts that are different from the real results will be liable to face penalties for fraud".

While he could not say what the penalties were the education minister said he would be seeking the necessary legal penalties for such action.

"Students could be found guilty of a criminal offence so we are warning them of this. CXC will also look at the possibility of the need to reexamine the results and not to be able to have interactive processes through the Internet to view these results."

Gopeesingh said that he does not believe that only students in Trinidad and Tobago were engaged in tampering with the CXC results online.

"I believe it has happening in one or two other countries as well. They immediately contacted the Supervisor of Securities for CXC examination and they have been working on it. They were not willing to say how much of these students did it. It is difficult to do it, but in future Dr Jules said it will be monitored."




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