The Caribbean Examination Council has maintained its commitment to ensure that teachers are apprised of the changes made to new and revised syllabuses. Over the years the Council has partnered with Ministries of Education across the region to facilitate face-to-face Teacher Orientation Workshops in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. However, at the last meeting of the Sub-Committee of the School Examinations Committee (SUBSEC) in October 2018, approval was granted for Teacher Orientation Workshops (TOWs) to be conducted online through the CXC® Learning Institute, the training arm of the CXC®.
Effective 2019 the CXC® Learning Institute will facilitate TOWs for newly developed or recently revised syllabuses using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous modalities. These will be done online through scheduled live sessions during the last two weeks of June each year.
The sessions are designed to orient teachers to the requirements of the syllabuses which will be augmented by training resources that may be accessed by teachers on demand. The schedule will be shared with regional Ministries of Education by the 30 April 2019 and will detail the times and dates for the live workshops. With this approach, CXC® hopes to increase the number of teachers accessing workshop sessions as well as resources that will better equip them to implement our syllabuses.
To ensure a smooth transition from face-to-face to online TOWs, the CXC® will begin online sensitisation and training of stakeholders, via our new and innovative CXC® Learning Institute Platform.
TOWs are critical for the smooth implementation and assessment of the syllabuses and improved teacher efficacy. The Council recognises that the partnership to provide teacher orientation and training has been beneficial and has resulted in the successful staging of a number of training initiatives. In this regard, we want to assure all stakeholders that the Council remains committed to this process and are anticipating that through our continued partnership more teachers will be empowered through this new model.