BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands formalised an agreement on 2 December 2020, to conduct examinations and award certificates and diplomas through the sole secondary and vocational institutions in Saba and St Eustatius.
Through CXC®, students of the Gwendoline van Putten School in St. Eustatius and the Saba Comprehensive School will now have access to the CXC® Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence® (CCSLC®), the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® (CSEC®) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®), as well as the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities (CANTA) Caribbean Vocational Qualification.
“As CXC® embarks on our 2021 – 2025 Strategic plan, one of our major goals is to operate as a regional enterprise”, outlined Dr Wayne Wesley, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council®. “Agreements such as this one with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education and Media of the Netherlands, allow us to work collaboratively with our stakeholders to prepare our region’s youth for further development. While CXC’s products and services are not new to the Netherlands, we are pleased to now have a formalised agreement to provide additional products.”
Dr Wesley further posited that, “working with our stakeholders throughout the five-year period of our strategic plan, other critical regional imperatives will be addressed including digital transformation as a key resilience strategy for the region and the creation of an agile education system.”
In administering examinations for secondary students, CXC® will take on the role previously held by the College voor Toetsen en Examens, an independent administrative body charged with administering reliable, central exams for secondary and vocational education.
The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) was established in 1972 under Agreement by the Participating Governments in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CXC® assures the global human resource competitiveness of the Caribbean through the provision of syllabuses of the highest quality; valid and reliable examinations and certificates of international repute for students of all ages, abilities and interests; services to educational institutions in the development of syllabuses, examinations and examinations’ administration, in the most cost-effective way.
CXC® comprises 16 Participating Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.
The first examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® (CSEC®) were offered in 1979 in five subjects. Subsequent to CSEC®, CXC® has introduced a comprehensive suite of qualifications to meet the needs of the region: Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment™ (CPEA™), Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence® (CCSLC®), *Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®) and the CXC® Associate Degree (CXC®-AD).
The organisation also collaborates with countries in the Dutch Caribbean – Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten, as well as Suriname.
Additional information about the Caribbean Examinations Council® can be found at www.cxc.org
*Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) is the trademark of the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities. CXC® is one of the National Training Agencies in the Caribbean which awards CVQs. For further information kindly contact us at +1 (246) 227-1700 or email email@example.com (Barbados), or for queries in Jamaica at + 1 (876) 630-5200 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org