Education Minister Fayval Williams has said 5,987 students in Jamaica have deferred sitting this year’s Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) exams. Additionally, 292 students who were to sit the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) have opted to postpone taking the exams. The deadline for candidates to defer their exams was May 31. The exams will begin on June 28 after a two-week delay was announced by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) in May. That delay was among the concessions given by the CXC following complaints from regional stakeholders. The exam body said took into consideration the challenges facing the region – such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the eruption of La Soufriére volcano in St. Vincent and the Grenadines – in arriving at its decision to extend the start of the exams and making other changes. The cut-off time for the submission of School Based Assessments for CSEC and CAPE has been pushed back to June 30. The results of the exam will be released between the last week in September and the first week in October.