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Mr. Hector Stephenson

Wrong Hector Stephenson?

Executive Director

Overseas Examination Commission
 
Background

Employment History

Education

  • Mico Teachers College
  • Boston College
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According to OEC executive director, ...
www.jamaicaobserver.com, 4 April 2014 [cached]
According to OEC executive director, Hector Stephenson, the original certificate may be accepted for employment as long as organizations and institutions are satisfied that the certificate is tamper free. Where they suspect that this is not so, they should refer the matter to the OEC, he said.
Stephenson said that a number of cases have been prosecuted in the courts resulting in the perpetrators being imprisoned or fined.
Three days later, Hector ...
jamaica-gleaner.com, 20 Oct 2013 [cached]
Three days later, Hector Stephenson, executive director of the OEC and local registrar of CXC, responded. "Thanks for your correspondence.
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Last Thursday, Stephenson confirmed that the allegations of plagiarism and SBA tampering at the Westmoreland-based schools had surfaced in May.
He said he had discussions with the principals of the two implicated institutions.
"Both of them denied that there were irregularities. I didn't do any further investigations at that point," said Stephenson, even though a single SBA had not been examined.
DIDN'T NOTICE EMAIL
According to the local CXC registrar, he asked the complainant for additional information to substantiate the claim, but did not receive this.
However, when our news team pointed to an email containing one of the SBAs sent to Stephenson by the whistle-blower, he accepted that he had the evidence needed to proceed with the probe, but said he did not know that he had received the email.
"I will definitely look at it. I will complete the investigation into the complaint that was made. The investigation was stalled because of a lack of information. Now that we have the information, we will proceed," Stephenson pledged.
The local registrar also said the SBAs will now be examined and the students will be interviewed.
Stephenson assured that the probe into the allegations of impropriety will be taken to "its logical end".
However, he stressed that complaints of this nature must be handled with care because the reputation of students, the principal, and the school are at risk.
PRINCIPALS UNCOVERED NOTHING
The principals of the implicated schools have already denied that anything untoward took place at the institutions.
Rayon Simpson, principal of Belmont Academy, told The Sunday Gleaner that after discussions with Stephenson earlier this year, he thought the allegations of impropriety died a natural death.
Alternate IT Paper for CXC Students in June 2004 - Jamaica Information Service
www.jis.gov.jm [cached]
But in most schools, said Hector Stephenson, CXC's Executive Director, there have been at least twice as many students as computers.
"There may have been a few cases where they may have had to do the examination in three different groups.We sent out a policy statement that this should not happen for 2004.We are hoping we will have no more than two sittings in a day and in those schools with a large number of candidates, the examination will be done over two days," he told JIS News.
The Good & True #20
www.stgctoronto.com, 1 Dec 1996 [cached]
This year's annual family dinner featured two speakers from Jamaica; Mr. Hector Stephenson and Dr. Aggrey Irons.
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Up until our dinner in June, Mr. Stephenson had three strikes against him, but he is far from out. First he is not a Jesuit nor an ordained priest. Second, he is not an Old Boy. Third, he is not Catholic. Being quite cognizant of these concerns, Hector came prepared to deliver warmest greetings in the spirit of our Alma Mater, to remind us of the mission of the founding fathers, the Jesuits, to update us on the progress and challenges facing our school, and most importantly, to alleviate concerns.
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After attending Mico Teachers College, Hector was bitten by the Jesuits while attending Boston College. He commenced his professional career at Georges as an intern teacher of Integrated Science in September of 1982 and served in almost all positions in the school before being appointed Principal some ten years later; no small miracle. In his words, " the miracle of metamorphosis began in 1982 and ended ten (10) years later, and that this was indeed a process which gave rise to a butterfly and not a moth".
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My fellow Georgians, Mr. Stephenson not only had three strikes against him, but Mount Everest to climb without sherpas and the proper equipment. Indeed it is truly a miracle and the intervention of the Divine Spirit that engineered this beautiful butterfly, Hector.
Hector ...
jamaica-gleaner.com, 20 Oct 2013 [cached]
Hector Stephenson
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Hector Stephenson
The Caribbean Examinations Council's local registrar in Jamaica does not believe that the recent disqualification of 70 Jamaica College (JC) sixth-form students by the regional body for plagiarism has damaged the reputation of the country's school system.
However, Hector Stephenson, who is also executive director of the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC), admitted to The Sunday Gleaner that the sordid affair has propelled the OEC to take a greater look at the system.
"No, I wouldn't say it has damaged Jamaica's reputation, (but) we are working with the Ministry of Education to ensure that we strengthen the quality assurance systems in schools," he said.
"CXC will not second-guess SBAs that come before them. I really don't think it will tarnish Jamaica's reputation in the marketplace or in the region. I think we have done exceptionally well with the administration of our exams over the decades," added Stephenson.
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Stephenson explained that the "problem with SBAs is that we come in at the back end" and "a lot of it depends on the integrity of the teacher".
However, the local registrar said the buck ultimately stops with principals.
"School administrators have a responsibility to put systems in place to ensure that the teachers comply with the SBA regulations put in place by the examining body," Stephenson opined.
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