CXC introducing new offerings in 2017
Sun, 12/04/2016 - 12:00am
Beginning in January, students sitting the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) exams will be able to complete their multiple choice papers electronically.
Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch stated that this is among the first-time offerings being rolled out by CXC in the New Year. It will be available in participating countries.
“…We will be offering for the first time electronic testing in January for multiple choice papers. So all countries that are interested in their students writing the examination electronically would be able to do that in January and in May/June, the multiple choice papers only.”
He continued, “For 2018, all the papers would be done electronically once again for those countries which are participating. All countries do not have to participate if they are not ready, but the facility is available for those countries that are ready and so that they can participate in the electronic testing.”
Cumberbatch spoke at Friday’s press conference at the end of the 48th Meeting of the Caribbean Examinations Council, held at the Hilton Barbados Resort. He also stated that “there will be no face to face marking. All marking will be done electronically in 2017.”
Also speaking to media, Dr. Carol Granston, Pro-Registrar at CXC, said they “have developed from teaching from in 2016 two new Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) syllabuses – financial services studies and green engineering. We are working on a new syllabus in design and technology that is also at CAPE. At Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), we have Dutch, Mandarin and digital literacy. We also had for teaching in September at CAPE electrical and electronic engineering technology; and the history syllabus was differed for teaching until 2017.”
Explaining why these new syllabuses were added, the CXC Registrar stated they were “chosen to put closer links between students and the economy.
“For example, in the Virgin Islands, UK, they have identified tourism and financial services as the economic drivers for that country and as a result they are interested in financial services at the CAPE level, so that students who participate in the financial services studies they can move into the financial services industry or to the institutes of financial services to develop their degrees.”