Probe continues into theft of CXC papers at St. James High School

Jamaica is again at the centre of a probe in relation to this year’s sitting of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams.


It was revealed on Wednesday, that fireproof cabinets, containing examination papers for nine subjects, including some scheduled to be administered this week, were stolen from a school, in Montego Bay, St. James.


The matter is being investigated by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).


CXC said it is in constant contact with the Ministry of Education in Jamaica and an update was shared with the ministries of education across the region.


It said the course of action would have been determined and communicated with the ministries of education, yesterday.


This is the second incident in as many months, involving CXC exams.


Last month, CXC investigated reports that the CSEC Mathematics paper II was leaked.


The source of the leak was identified in Kingston, Jamaica.


Meanwhile, the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) said it is working with the principal of the St. James High school and CXC to determine the full extent of the loss.


The OEC said the investigation, which is ongoing, is being treated with priority at the highest levels. It explained that it is working to determine the possible impact on the examination process.


The OEC’s chairman, Brian Bennett-Easy, said the theft was a shameful act and the first incident of its kind for Jamaica.


He said the entity is doing everything within its power to ensure that no candidate is disadvantaged because of the incident.


He appealed to anyone with information about the incident to do the right thing for the students and contact the police immediately.




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