CXC® Team Meets Minister of Education and National Reconciliation and Students in St Vincent and the Grenadines
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Registrar and CEO of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®), Dr Wayne Wesley, paid a courtesy call to the Honourable Curtis King, Minister of Education and National Reconciliation of St Vincent and the Grenadines, at his office in Kingstown on Thursday 28 October 2021.
During the courtesy call, Dr Wesley and Minister King discussed areas of strategic collaboration to advance universal access, a progressive assessment framework for the regional education system. Also highlighted in the discussion was CXC’s transformational agenda – the organisation’s plan to become a digitally transformed regional enterprise, impacting and repositioning the regional education system to be adaptive and agile as outlined in its Strategic Plan for 2021–2025.
This week, the Registrar and a team of officials from CXC® arrived in St Vincent and the Grenadines to participate in the Release of Results Ceremony, (Friday 29 October 2021), for the Second Sitting of 2021 Examinations for Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® (CSEC®) and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence® (CCSLC®) and stakeholder meetings.
The team including Dr James Young, Item Bank Manager, Examinations Development and Production Department and Mr Richard Rose, Corporate Communications Manager, hosted a meeting with students from Bishop’s College, St Martin’s Secondary School, St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College, Dr J.P. Eustace Memorial Secondary, North Union Secondary School and St Vincent Girls’ High School.
The students shared their experience and challenges of preparing for exams during the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruption caused to learning by the eruption at La Soufrière volcano and feedback on how CXC® can best assist students on their education journey.
In addition to encouraging students to continue to do their best, the team also shared information about CXC’s helpful resources including “Student Central” – a dedicated web portal www.cxc.org/student-central/, which seeks to help students quickly find the latest news and information about CXC® examinations, and CXC’s Learning Hub https://learninghub.cxc.org/ – its interactive learning site, which supports teaching, learning and assessment of CXC’s full suite of qualifications.
CXC® is hosting a series of meetings and focus groups with students from across the region.
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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.