The syllabus development procedures adopted by the Council are based on the Council's firm belief that there should exist a close relationship between the schools' curriculum and the examinations. Syllabuses are therefore formulated by Panels of subject specialists drawn from those groups responsible for the design and the implementation of curriculum - classroom teachers, members of regional universities and other tertiary institutions and members of curriculum and testing units of Ministries of Education.
During the period of formulation of a syllabus, there is wide-ranging consultation involving teachers, interested organizations and groups in the participating territories. The draft syllabuses are circulated widely for comments. The draft syllabuses and the comments are then considered by a Sub-committee of the School Examinations Committee (SUBSEC), the members of which represent the teaching profession, the Ministries of Education and regional universities. The revised draft is then submitted to the School Examinations Committee (SEC) for its consideration and approval. Finally, the recommended syllabuses are submitted to the Council for its consideration and approval.
The syllabus statement is set out in terms of general objectives and specific objectives, the latter indicating the knowledge and skills to be tested and reported as profiles. Also included in the statement is the format of the examination. Syllabuses in which there is a School-Based Assessment (SBA) component include a Teacher's Guide which identifies the demands and sets out in detail, the procedures for assessment.
Ordering Syllabuses and Resource Materials
Syllabuses and resource materials for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) are available for sale from the CXC Offices in Jamaica and Barbados. The materials can be requested by completing the order forms (CAPE, CSEC) and sending it to the Jamaica Office. The total cost which would include shipping and handling would be sent to you by mail or courier. On receipt of a bank draft from you, the materials would be despatched by courier or post. Please note, discounts are given for bulk purchases.
Resource material and syllabuses are also available at the following locations:
The Map Shop
Grenada’s Teachers’ School Supplies St Georges
St. Vincent Union of Teachers Co-operative Credit Union Ltd Bookstore Kingstown
Austin’s Book Services
190 Church Street
Pages Bookstore Main and Bacclet Street
French Unit 1
Module 1: L’individu, la famille et la vie journalière
Module 2: La sociétéet les affaires sociales
Module 3: L’environnement
French Unit 2
Module 1: L’actualité
Module 2: La science et la technologie
Module 3: L’industrie, le commerce et l’économie
Spanish Unit 1
Module 1: El individuo, la familia y la vida diaria
Module 2: La sociedad y los asuntos sociales
Module 3: El medio ambiente
Spanish Unit 2
Module 1: Las actualidades
Module 2: La ciencia y la tecnologia
Module 3: La industria, el comercio y los asuntos económicos
Examples of Responses to Questions in the Examinations
In keeping with our drive here at CXC to enhance the support provided to candidates who are preparing to write our examinations, we are displaying on our website exemplars of candidates’ responses to examination questions. These are authentic, unedited responses. They are presented in the candidates’ own handwriting, accompanied by comments from the Examination Committee that indicate the Committee’s judgement of the quality of the responses and the justification for arriving at that judgement.
This is a pilot effort, covering only selected subjects. We at CXC welcome your feedback on how useful you find this information to be and, in particular, how we can improve on the provision of such information. Your comments will contribute to the future expansion and refinement of this material.
These syllabuses aim to give persons a deeper understanding of themselves as members of a wider Caribbean community which is multi-lingual and multi-cultural and of their place in a global setting. The syllabuses emphasise the development of the four language skills of listening, responding, reading and writing, and the acquisition of knowledge of Francophone and Hispanic cultures through the study of selected topics and contemporary writings of relevance to Caribbean society. While the topics have been selected to provide knowledge and understanding of issues pertinent to Caribbean people in a global context, the emphasis is on language competence rather than on content knowledge. The objectives and approaches that guide the teaching and define the assessment have been designed to equip persons to meet the needs and evolving circumstances of Caribbean society and to function appropriately in the wider world.