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The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) will be implementing a new Examination Processing System next year as part of efforts to improve its efficiency. Chairman of the Council, Professor Kenneth Hall, who made the announcement at a press conference held recently at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, explained that the system was being introduced “in order to ensure the efficient processing of candidate entry and performance data.”
He also indicated that the move would allow school-based assessments to be captured electronically. Registrar of the Council, Dr. Lucy Steward noted further, that the new system would be implemented in all CXC offices in the 16 participating territories. “At the moment, registration is done locally.so instead of a manual registration we will be doing an electronic registration, which would make the system much more efficient,” she said.
Dr. Steward informed that the new arrangement would facilitate the transferral of information from the sub-regional offices to the head office in Barbados, which would serve to reduce processing time.
In addition, schools that have fully equipped computer systems would be provided with the software that would enable them to register their students. The data from the schools would be transmitted to the local CXC office, which in turn would transmit the information to the CXC headquarters.
“Some schools that do not have the facilities will still register through the overseas or local examination office in their usual way.so it will not be a school-CXC-link but it will be a school-overseas-exams office link and then an overseas-office link to the CXC headquarters,” she explained.
In the meanwhile, Dr. Steward revealed that the Council was in discussions with the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA) for the establishment of a Caribbean Vocational Qualification, which would complement territorial certifications.
She noted that the new certification came in light of the fact that a number of Caribbean countries have established national training agencies aimed at equipping their workforce with the skills required for use in industries.
“Each country has, or is establishing a national training agency, and the ministries of education are examining the possibility of introducing level one courses into secondary schools, and now that they are getting into the schools (e.g. the Technical Vocational Education and Training Rationalization Programme in Jamaica), and CANTA is discussing the possibility of CXC undertaking the assessment of these courses,” she explained.
Dr. Steward noted further that if introduced, the Caribbean Vocational Qualification would be recognized regionally and internationally, thus allowing persons to freely utilize their skills outside of their own borders.
“If CXC gets involved then it no longer remains a national award but a regional award, which would facilitate movement and portability of the qualifications across the region.so we are continuing with the discussions with CANTA,” she stated.