A series of stakeholder engagements were held during the year under review. Stakeholder engagements were held in Anguilla, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Turks and Caicos Islands, and Virgin Islands (UK). During the engagements, the CXC teams met with third form students, parents, private educational institutions, education officials, ministers of education, national committees, the private sector and the media.

The engagements were aimed at updating stakeholders about CXC’s new initiatives and giving stakeholders the opportunity to give CXC feedback on issues they are facing.

BNCPTA “Moving Up” Workshops

CXC collaborated with the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations (BNCPTA) to host a “Moving Up” workshop for secondary school students entering 4th Form on Saturday 13 August at CXC’s Headquarters. The “Moving Up” workshop was designed to help students (and their parents) understand what is required of them as they prepare for the demands of upper secondary school, taking CSEC examinations, pursuing career goals, and balancing their time between studying and other activities.

Ms Andrea Austin, Assistant Registrar – Marketing at CXC presented a session entitled “Moving Up to Exams and Career Planning.”

Due to the overwhelming response and oversubscription to the first workshop on 13 August, a second workshop was held on Saturday 27 August at CXC Headquarters.

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Visual Arts Exhibition
The 2016 CXC Visual Arts Exhibition was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, St Lucia at La Place Carenage in Castries from April 25 – 29.

The exhibition was officially opened with a brief ceremony on the morning of Monday 25 April. The exhibition was declared opened by Ms Esther Brathwaite, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, and Human Resource Development who cut the ribbon.

Honourable, Dr Robert Lewis, Minister of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour delivered the feature address. During his address, Minister Lewis encouraged all schools in St Lucia to take up Visual Arts.

Dr Phyllis Hill, Assistant Professor at Delta State University in Mississippi and also a CXC resource person gave remarks at the opening and extolled the virtues of the CSEC Visual Arts syllabus.

Mr Glenroy Cumberbatch, Registrar of CXC in his address noted that CXC values the Arts subjects and explained that these subjects will form the basis for the growth of the cultural industries being pursued my several regional governments.

As part of the thrust to add value to the host country’s benefit of the exhibition, a two-day for Visual Arts teachers was hosted in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 April.

The workshop was hosted at the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour Conference Room and facilitated by Dr Phyllis Hill, CXC resource person.

Twenty-four persons participated in the workshop including two officers from the Ministry of Education and one teacher from the Montserrat Secondary School, Kelvin Duberry who travelled to St Lucia for the event.

Official Release of Results
The official release of the 2016 May/June results was held in Anguilla on 12 August at the Teachers’ Resource Centre in The Valley.

Mr Glenroy Cumberbatch, CXC Registrar presented the results for CAPE, CSEC, CCSLC, CVQ and CPEA; while Mr Stephen Savoury, Director of Operations made a presentation on the examinations administration issues.

Honourable Evans McNiel Rogers, Minister with responsibility for education in Anguilla delivered the feature address. In his address, Minister Rogers lauded CXC for its work in improving education in the Caribbean. He said CXC is now a household word in the Caribbean and touches the lives of every family in the region.

Minister Rogers posits that teacher training is very important in the education sector and hence why the ministry has been spending on teacher training and development in the face of economic challenges. He said, “we recognised that if children are to excel, teachers must be excellent.”

The event was streamed live on CXC TV and also carried live on CARICOM’s website. Radio Anguilla carried the event live as well. It was also broadcast on CMC/Caribvision channel and ATV Anguilla during the days after the event.

See photographs from the release of results here:

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Meeting with Secondary and Tertiary leaders
CXC hosted a meeting with the Barbados Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools and Registrars of tertiary level institutions on 15 and 16 September at the CXC Headquarters. The meeting was part of CXC stakeholder engagement programme. During the two one-day meetings presentations were made on CXC suite of examinations, international recognition of CXC qualifications, electronic testing, and CXC at work. Stakeholders were given the opportunity to ask questions and seek clarification on matters of interest to them.

Twenty-six webinars were hosted in 2016! Webinars have become an effective strategy for reaching many stakeholders at one time in an economical way. Several focused on bringing markers up-to-date on e-marking issues; two focused on examinations preparation – Mathematics and Caribbean History; while others dealt with issues such as preparing for work, school base assessment for the sciences, SBA for English and Mathematics, and New Generation CAPE subjects.

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Launch of NG CAPE Subjects
Working with stakeholders in three Participating Countries, including ministries of education, CXC launched three New Generation CAPE subjects. Animation and Game Design was launched at the KingstOON Festival in Jamaica in March. Agricultural Science was launched in Guyana in July and Financial Services launched in the Virgin Islands (UK) in November.

At all three events, ministries of education and the representatives from the relevant industry participated in the launch.

Financial Services Studies
The Ministry of Education and Culture in the British Virgin Islands in conjunction with CXC hosted the launch of the new Financial Services Studies syllabus for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) on Thursday 3 November 2016.

The launch event was held at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on Tortola. Dr the Honourable Kedrick Pickering, Acting Premier of the Virgin Islands delivered a passionate feature address, while Honourable Myron Walwyn, Minister of Education and Culture will deliver an address.

Mrs Lorna Smith, OBE, Interim Director of BVI Finance the marketing and promotions arm of the BVI Financial Services sector was the guest speaker, representing the Financial Services Sector in the Virgin Islands. Mr Glenroy Cumberbatch, Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council gave remarks, while Dr Anette Piper, Assistant Registrar in the Syllabus and Curriculum Development Division gave an overview of the CAPE Financial Services syllabus and the process used to develop the syllabus.

Students from the HL Stoutt Community College and the Elmore Stoutt High School brought a cultural aspect to the event, performing musical and coral speaking pieces to the delight of the audience.

The CAPE Financial Services syllabus aims to promote an awareness of the international importance of the financial services industry; Create awareness of the impact of offshore financial service policies on the Caribbean; Help students understand the impact of globalization and the global financial industry on the Caribbean; Help students understand the value of the customers and information systems in the financial services industry; develop the capacity for critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving, leadership and management, positive cooperative behaviours, emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial skills and technological competence through authentic learning experiences; and, integrate information, communication and technology (ICT) tools and skills.

Animation and Game Design
Animation and Game Design was launched during the KingstOOn Animation and Film Festival in Jamaica during the weekend of March 12 and 13 March. The launch formed part of the festival and was hosted on Saturday 12 March. Dr Grace Mclean, Chief Education Officer delivered the feature address on behalf of the newly-elected Minister of Education Ruel Reid. The launch was streamed live on three platforms, CXC, CARICOM and FLOW. Other speakers included Mrs Camille Selvon-Abrahams a member of the panel, Kenia Mattis, an animator from ListenMi Caribbean, Ms Margery Newland – Project Manager, Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries Project, and Jo’Nathan Smith, a young and developing game designer from Allman Town Primary School.

CXC mounted a booth at the KingstOOn Festival promoting the subject over the two days of the festival. Several interviews were conducted with AR – PICS and AR – Syllabus Development Dr Annette Piper.

Green Engineering
The syllabus for Green Engineering was launched on 28 July in Guyana during a ceremony at the Theatre Arts Guild. The Honourable Dr Rupert Roopnarine, Minister of Education in Guyana delivered the feature address at the launch. Mr Horace Williams, Chief Executive Officer of the Hinterland Electrification Company was the guest speaker. Mr Howard Campbell, Senior Assistant Registrar, Syllabus and Curriculum Division spoke about the philosophical underpinnings of the new syllabus, while Dr Paulette Bynoe, a member of the subject panel spoke about the syllabus development process.

Dance performance by the National School of Dance and poetry by Mark Luke Edwards and Keon Heywood punctuated the speeches. The National School of Dance performed a piece entitled “Techniks” while the poetic performance was entitled “Green – the Way to Go”. The poem, written and performed by Mark Luke-Edwards and Keon Heywood, brought rapturous applauses from the audience.

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