Whether we like it or not, change is an unalterable and inexorable constant in our contemporary reality. Change happens whether we like or we don’t. It happens whether we participate in it or we attempt to avoid it. In that sense we can be victims of change or protagonists. The Caribbean Examinations Council as the assessment and certifying body for the Caribbean is centrally located in this dilemma.

2013 will mark 40 years of operations for the Council (which was formally established in 1972) and we are clear that whatever got us through the last 40 years is not going to take us through the next 5 years! The legacy of 40 years has built a strong foundation and a respected reputation. This is a legacy of which we are proud and on which we are building the future.

This report, although outlining the work accomplished for 2012, more importantly describes the plateau that we have reached in our organizational transformation. As our Chairman acknowledged we have made significant progress towards the vision articulated in 2008. It has not been an easy road but it has been an exciting journey filled with as much pain as with possibility. And it is the possibility that has kept us true to this path. CXC has always been much more than a replacement for foreign exams in the region; it has been – as Errol Barrow and William Demas (architects of regional integration) asserted at the inaugural meeting of the Council – about creating an instrument of change to “restructure, redirect and re-model the school systems of the Caribbean.”

We have changed the format of the Annual Report to a three-dimensional digital medium that we hope simplifies but also deepens the reporting on the scope and depth of the work accomplished. We hope that you will find this format more engaging and helpful.

The major accomplishments of 2012 touch on every strategic objective of 2011 and they include:

The international profile of CXC has been strengthened as a result of our more active engagement with other examination boards, our stronger participation in the International Association for Educational Assessment - IAEA (on whose Executive we now sit), and the growing appeal of the Caribbean Examiner magazine.

Our journey over this past period can be summarized as moving decisively in four key arenas of action which constitute the new foundations for the future:

  • Redefining the knowledge construct
  • Changing the assessment paradigm
  • Improving learning and teaching
  • Driving data for policy decision making

These efforts will continue and be intensified in 2013 as we are convinced that the answer to our challenges lies in a carefully calibrated mix of immediate, medium term and long range interventions that emerge from a strong vision of the future as well as an honest and empirical appreciation of the limitations of the present.

All of us at CXC are committed to this journey.

Dr Didacus Jules