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  • The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has launched its online bookstore, which now provides persons in Jamaica and the Caribbean, preparing for external examinations, with Internet access to a wide range of academic resource material.
  • The facility, which was launched at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Friday, November 7, provides access to subject syllabuses and reports, specimen papers, and mark schemes.
  • The initiative, which is the CXC latest undertaking with longstanding partners British entity, MacMillan Publishers, through its Caribbean office, will provide material free of cost for 29 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and 28 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subjects.

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has launched its online bookstore, which now provides persons in Jamaica and the Caribbean, preparing for external examinations, with Internet access to a wide range of academic resource material.

The facility, which was launched at Jamaica College in St. Andrew on Friday, November 7, provides access to subject syllabuses and reports, specimen papers, and mark schemes, which can be downloaded on any mobile from the website – www.cxc.store.com, and used off line.

The initiative, which is the CXC latest undertaking with longstanding  partners British entity, MacMillan Publishers, through its Caribbean office, will provide material free of cost for 29 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and 28 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subjects.

Additional materials, outside of these subjects, which date back at 2005, are also available, for persons requiring these, but will incur a cost.

Speaking at Friday’s launch, CXC’s Acting Pro Registrar, Dr. Carol Granston, said the online book store’s launch “marks a significant milestone” in the organization’s efforts to “facilitate learning that is not confined to the highly formalized structure of classrooms, but shaped by the lifestyle of the Caribbean learner, that is, learning that can be done at anytime and at any place.”

“Over the past decade, the use of digital technologies for teaching and learning has been increasing rapidly. As an examining body, CXC must remain current and relevant. However, despite the prevalence of digital technologies to ensure more wide-scale access, it is important that resources are available in multiple formats and…delivery modalities. As a result, the same resources that are available on the CXC Online Store, are also available in a number of distribution location islandwide, including bookstores,” she said.

In this regard, Dr. Granston assured that the online store will support CXC’s drive to provide equal and equitable access to high quality learning support resources.

“What we want to do is ensure that there is a level playing field for all students from all demographics…and (that all the resources) are available to you to help you (students) better prepare for the examinations, and also to help in our effort to support the teaching, learning, and assessment process,” she added.

In his remarks, State Minister for Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining, Hon. Julian Robinson, welcomed the initiative, in particular the wide-scale access to academic material it will provide.

“As a Government, we have invested a lot in including technology our education system. The Universal Service Fund (USF) has funded a number of programmes which have brought technology into schools,” he stated.

These, Mr. Robinson reminded the audience, include the e-learning High school programme, which entailed over 200 computer labs being established in secondary schools islandwide; and the Tablets in Schools pilot project, targeting the distribution of 25,000 tablet computers in 38 institutions.

In this regard, he expressed the hope that “we can see, in the not too distant, future some correlation between the availability of these resources and the performance of our students in CXC-related subjects.”

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Grace McLean, who spoke on behalf of Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, also commended CXC and MacMillan Publishers for initiating the online book store.

“This is, indeed, a very positive development in making education and knowledge more accessible. This can only have a positive impact on teaching and learning in Jamaica and the region,” she said.

Dr. McLean noted that information and communications technology (ICT) presents the opportunity for education providers to offer a range of services online.

“Jamaica welcomes any initiative that will improve access to quality education for all. We anticipate that CXC, or its agencies, will, in the future, provide additional online tutorials or even administer diagnostic tests and of course, importantly, other kinds of examinations online,” she stated.

MacMillan Publishers Caribbean Regional Sales Director, Dan Wilson, said the online book store initiative “is taking us in a particularly exciting new direction.”

“We are extremely proud to be involved in this project, and…extend our thanks to everybody at CXC who has worked hard on this with us,” he added.