The year under review was a good one for the Council in terms of relationships with the media. As per usual, the week after the release of the May/June results was particularly hectic with several requests for interviews by media houses across the region. Two occurrences created an even greater than usual demand for media appearances: the first was the relatively poor performance in CSEC English and Mathematics, and the second was a newspaper story about the sale of “CXC” certificates.

A one-day seminar for journalists from Barbados, Guyana, Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States and Trinidad and Tobago resulted in significant goodwill between CXC and the media houses; and also generated numerous articles on the various aspects of CXC’s work.

Press Releases and Statements


7 CXC Registrar Elected to IAEA Executive

28 CXC Hosting Stakeholder Seminars

29 CXC Qualifications Get Recognition in India


23 Regional Organisations to Sign MOU

27 CXC and Congress WBN Sign MOU


16 The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA)


16 CPEA Pilot Runs Smoothly


12 Environmental Science is in the Curriculum

12 CXC and Nelson Thornes to Launch CAPE and CSEC Study Guides


10 A Call for Action to Address Performance in Mathematics

10 CAPE Growth Continues: Performance Remains Steady


3 Video statement on the ‘sale’ of false CXC certificates


Announcement of Regional Top Awards for CAPE

Announcement of Regional Top Awards for CSEC

Media Appearances



5 SARS (EAS and EDPD) were interviewed by several journalists from the Caribbean who attended a one-day seminar on covering CXC.

12 AR (PI and CS) gave an interview to ZIZ Television, St Kitts and Nevis regarding the CSEC Visual Arts Exhibition

12 & 14 AR (PI and CS) gave an interview to Winn FM 98.9 regarding the CSEC Visual Arts Exhibition

15 AR (PI and CS) gave an interview to ZIZ Television, St Kitts and Nevis regarding the CSEC Visual Arts Exhibition

27 The Registrar gave an interview to Nationwide radio in Jamaica about MOU with education stakeholders


24 AR (PI and CS) was interviewed by DBS Television, St Lucia about CXC’s involvement in Global Opportunities Seminar.

29 The Registrar and Dr Gordon Harewood, SAR (EDPD) were guests on Spotlight, a live television programme in the Virgin Islands.

The Registrar participated in a press conference with the Minister of Education, Permanent Secretary and Local Registrar in the Virgin Islands.


19 Michelle Stephens, AR (CSBD) was interviewed on Radio 100 Helen FM about the launch of CXC/Nelson Thornes Self-Study Guides.

20 AR (PI and CS) and Peter Williams of Nelson Thornes appeared on CNC3’s Early Morning television show; while AR (CSBD) Michelle Stephens and Oliver Thornton of Nelson Thorns were guests on CNMG’s morning show First Up. The topic of discussion on both shows was the CXC/Nelson Thornes Self-Study Guides.

22 Michelle Stephens, AR (PI and CS) and Oliver Thornton of Nelson Thornes were guests on TVJ’s Smile Jamaica breakfast show. They spoke about the CXC/Nelson Thornes Self-Study Guides.

22 The Pro Registrar gave an interview to the Jamaica Observer newspaper about the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).

27 AR (PI and CS) interview on Radio 100 Helen FM about the introduction of CAPE in St Lucia and town hall meeting.

27 AR (PI and CS) along with Mr Urban Dolor of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St Lucia were guests on DBS Television’s weekly talk show Newsmaker Live.

28 AR (PI and CS) along with Mr Urban Dolor of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, St Lucia were guests on Radio Caribbean International afternoon show News-Spin and spoke about the introduction of CAPE in St Lucia and town hall meeting 13th August AR (PI and CS) was a guest on Jamaica Speaks with Professor Trevor Munroe and Gladstone Wilson, on News Talk 93 FM where the 2012 May/June results were discussed.










16 Interview with Guyana Chronicle Newspaper about the launch of the 2012 May/June results

22 Dr Gordon Harewood, SAR (EDPD) and Professor Stafford Griffith represented CXC on a discussion which focused on the 2012 May/June results on CVM Television, Jamaica


6 AR (PI and CS) participated in a discussion programme entitled MIN’YUSELF hosted by Dr Leahcim Semaj on RJR 94 FM

8 The Registrar was interviewed by Professor Verene Shepherd on a programme entitled CXC Corner on Nationwide Radio station, Jamaica

Signing of MOU among Regional Education Stakeholders

CXC hosted a press conference on Monday 26th March at its Headquarters where six regional partners involved in education signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate with regional governments to undertake the necessary reform of their education systems.

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), The University of the West Indies (UWI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Foundation for the Development of Caribbean Children (FDCC) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) signed the MOU committing them to the collaboration.

The event received excellent media coverage and was the front page story of one Barbados newspaper on 27th March.

Launch of CXC/Nelson Thornes Self-Study Guides

CXC in collaboration with Nelson Thornes hosted four events during the week June 18 to 22 in four islands to launch the new set of 15 Self-Study Guides published as part of the agreement between the two entities. Launch events were hosted in Barbados (18th June), St Lucia (19th June), Trinidad and Tobago (20th June) and Jamaica (22nd June). All four events received extensive media coverage in the respective islands. In addition to the media coverage of the launch events, representatives of CXC and Nelson Thornes made media appearances on television breakfast shows in Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago and gave interviews to radio and print journalists.

The Ministers of Education in Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago were the guest speakers at the respective events. The Minister of Education in Barbados was out of state on the date of the event and was represented by Mr Erwin Greaves, Deputy Chief Education Officer and CXC Local Registrar.

The event in Barbados was streamed live on CXC’s website.


Release of May/June results in Guyana

The official release of the 2012 May/June examinations results for the region was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Guyana on 17th August. The event was held at the Guyana International Conference Centre in Georgetown and close to 300 stakeholders, including students, CXC resource persons, educators, ministry of education officers and the media attended.

Mrs Susan Giles, Senior Assistant Registrar, Examinations Administration and Security Division spoke about the administration of the various examinations; while Dr Gordon Harewood, Senior Assistant Registrar, Examinations Development and Production Division presented the results.

Dr Didacus Jules, Registrar spoke about some of the challenges facing education in the region and presented a framework for improving performance. Honourable Priya Manickchand, Minister of Education, Guyana delivered an address. The event was punctuated by cultural performances by students from Guyana. The Caribbean Media Corporation, CMC in conjunction with the National Communications Network in Guyana broadcast the event live on its Caribvision network.