CXC Task Force on History – What’s next?

Recently, PVC Prof. Alan Cobley presented “The Report of the CXC Task Force on History: Findings, Recommendations and Proposed Action Plan” at a History Forum of the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus to review the evidence on the state of History as a CXC subject offering in the Caribbean region. This was to identify the reasons for its perceived decline, and to offer recommendations for its revival. The Task Force found that the decline in History in the region was due to several major factors including:

  • the perception that History is irrelevant for the purpose of employment in the 21st century;
  • History is a hard subject;
  • several other subjects were less challenging and/or more relevant to study;

The Task Force also found that incorporating History into Social Studies at the primary and lower secondary school levels had a long-term negative effect, while at the CXC level, the curriculum designed over many years had steadily increased privileged content over skills, resulting in too much unimaginative and unengaging teaching.

Now that we have the findings, what’s next?

Date Activity
 

Tuesday, 30 April

 

Meeting with regional History curriculum officers

 

During the month of April

 

Consultations with CSEC and CAPE History teachers in Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and St Lucia

 

 

May

 

History Task Force/working group meeting

 

 

September to  December

 

 

Online workshops for CSEC and CAPE History teachers

 

2019 – onwards

 

the availability of resource materials for teachers and learners via the CXC Learning Hub