CXC hosted two delegations from the Dutch Caribbean during the year under review, one in March and the other in October/November.

The delegation in March included Rosalie Edelstein-Lopes - Director High School on Sint Eustatius; Jean Berkvens, Senior Policy Maker SLO (Dutch Organisation for Curriculum Development), who is assisting Saba and Sint Eustatius with curriculum Development; Ms Angela Dekker, Coordinator of the Transition Project in Sint Eustatius for the Dutch Ministry of Education Culture and Science; and Elvin Henriquez, Local Registrar on Sint Eustatius.

While in Barbados, the delegation attended the Local Registrars’ meeting, met with CXC staff and visited the St Leonards Boys’ School.

The delegation in October/November was focused on obtaining information on the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). The delegation included Jerome Smits, Policy Worker Vocational Education; Marielle Visser, Policy Worker Secondary Education; Angela Dekker, coordinator transition Sint Eustatius/Saba for OCW; Violet Duggins-Gumbs, Adviser/Trainer and Nancy Persad, Adviser/Trainer.

The delegation visited The Lester Vaughan School to observe Commercial Food Preparation on Monday 31 October and visited St Leonards Boys’ School on Tuesday 1 November to observe Musical Performance and Electrical Installation CVQs in operation.

The team also benefited from presentations made by CXC staff members dealing with CVQ issues including: The CBETA philosophy, pre-readiness audit, in-production audit, internal and external verification, CVQ assessment, role of the teacher, and training and assessment audit.

Education Officer responsible for TVET in the Ministry of Education in Barbados, Mr Henderson Wiltshire made a presentation on the role of the ministry, while Director of the TVET Council in Barbados Mr Henderson Eastmond spoke about the role of the TVET Council.

The delegation described the visit as very informative and one that met their objectives.

Visit of Medgar Evans Professor

Professor George Irish of Medgar Evans College in New York visited CXC in June. During his visit, he met with Glenroy Cumberbatch, Registrar of CXC to discuss mutual cooperation between the two education institutions. Professor Irish noted that the college is trying to strengthen its relationship with Caribbean institutions and attract more Caribbean students. The Registrar and Professor Irish discussed the possibility of an articulation agreement to facilitate the smooth transition of students with CXC qualifications into Medgar Evans College.

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