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The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) will hold its annual Council Meeting in Kingston from December 1 to 2.
In an interview with JIS News, Pro Registrar for the CXC Western Zone Office, Wesley Barrett, said that the delegates “would be reviewing the activities of the Council for the past year, plan for the upcoming year, and put forward recommendations for developing new programmes or make adjustments to existing ones”. “From time to time, we respond to the demands of the system,” he asserted, “and we mount additional exams based on a country’s request.for instance we now have Economics at the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Examination) level, which will have its first exam in 2007”.
Among the topics for discussion are: student performance in the CSEC and the Caribbean Advanced Profiency Examination (CAPE), the financial status of the organization and curricula development.
CXC, a regional body established as early as 1973, currently oversees 35 CSEC and 27 CAPE programmes. The organization develops and administers high quality education programmes, curricula, examinations, as well as teacher training workshops that are relevant to the CSEC and CAPE programmes. A total of 16 countries are represented on the Council namely: Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands.
The University of Guyana, the University of the West Indies and members of the teaching profession are also included on the board.
The organization is sub-divided into an Administrative and Finance Committee, the School Examinations Council, and a Final Awards Council, which deals with the development of syllabi, examinations and other related activities.
The opening ceremony for the Council Meeting will take place on Thursday (Dec.1) at the Hilton Kingston Hotel at 7:00 p.m. while a press briefing will be held at the same location on Friday (Dec. 2) at 2:00 p.m. following the adjournment of the Council Meeting.Last year’s meeting was held in Antigua.