Internet service disruption derails exams for Westmoreland studentsMonday, June 21, 2021
WESTMORELAND, Jamaica — Students from several schools in the parish awoke to WhatsApp messages from school officials saying end of term exams scheduled for today have been postponed because of reports that “a large number of persons are experiencing serious Internet challenges”.
In one message, students were urged to use the extra day to prepare, as exams would be held tomorrow. The exams are to be done online.
Kai-Anna Wiggan, an eighth grade student at Petersfield High School, was among those affected. Her concern is that if the problem persists it may affect her summer break.
“Mi feel bad 'bout it, because mi nuh wah mi summer break shortened,” an upset Wiggan told OBSERVER ONLINE.
Principal of Petersfield High School, Roan Green, said he first heard of the service disruption from his vice principals, and other colleagues at various schools in the west are experiencing the same issue. Manning's High School is among the schools affected. Principal Steve Gordon said staff, students and parents had been notified that exams are off for today.
“Mi did wah cry when mi get the message from my form teacher,” said Timera Plummer, a ninth grade Petersfield High student. “Mi wah do [exams] now.” She was also concerned that this would impact her summer break.
“Di pickney dem wah do dem exam, dem nuh wah wait till next week,” argued her mother Andrea Richards.
Eighth grader Cai-Ataenia Allen tried to look at the issue from a different perspective.
“[Exams being postponed] means more time to study but makes it more stressful as it will be more days of exams,” she said. The Manning's student would have done her Social Studies and English A exams today.
For now school officials are hoping the issue will be swiftly rectified and the disruption to the academic calendar will be minimal.
“Hopefully there are no other disruptions in the connectivity,” said Principal Green.
Up to mid-afternoon, there were social media posts from residents of Westmoreland complaining about disruptions to their Internet service. They, like some school officials spoken with, identified Flow as their provider.
When contacted, Flow asked for questions to be emailed; a response is being awaited.
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