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CXC at a Glance Ecopy


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  1. 1. AT A GLANCE
  2. 2. Background In 1972, The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) was established by an agreement signed by the Governments of 15 English-speaking Commonwealth Caribbean countries. The Council was born at a time when British examinations boards were the leading examining bodies in the region. It was also a time when countries in the region were asserting themselves as independent states or advocating for independence. The discussion began during the existence of the West Indies Federation of (1958-1962), for West Indian or Caribbean examinations to shape future development. After seven years of negotiations, CXC was formed with the aim of transforming education in the Caribbean. Offices CXC operates from two main offices: The Headquarters or Eastern Zone Office (EZO) located in Barbados and Western Zone Office (WZO) located in Jamaica. Forty-five years later, CXC has 16 English-speaking Participating Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos; and three Dutch-speaking territories that offer its examinations: Sint Maarten, Saba and Suriname. Leadership Over the years, the Council has enjoyed distinguished leadership at the Chairman level. The Chairmanship is held by the Vice Chancellor or his representative from The University of the West Indies or the University of Guyana. The Chairman leads several committees of Council. Each Participating Country is represented by ministry of education and teaching profession representatives and these representatives serve on the many committees of the Council. Meet the CXC Chairmen Sir Roy Marshall: 1974-1975 Dr Dennis Irvine: 1975-1979 Mr. A.Z Preston: 1979-1986 The Honourable Sir Roy Augier: 1987-1996 Sir Keith Hunte: 1997-2002 The Most Honourable Professor Sir Kenneth Hall: 2002-2007 Professor E. Nigel Harris: 2006-2015 Professor Sir Hilary Beckles: 2015- present Meet the Registrars The six Registrars who have served the Council hail from four countries; Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago. Major Rudolph Daniel: 1973 Mrs Irene Walter: 1996-1998 Mr Wilfred Beckles: 1978-1993 Dr Lucy Steward: 1998-2007 Dr Didacus Jules: 2008-2014 Mr Glenroy Cumberbatch: 2015-present School Based Assessment (SBA) The SBA is a set of assessment tasks/assignments/projects conducted in the school; these are carried out by the student following guidelines provided by CXC and assessed by the teacher using criteria provided by CXC. The SBA contributes to the candidate's learning and is a critical element in teaching and learning. SBA forms part of what is referred to as continuous or formative assessment. The SBA is not a one-shot assessment; it is an iterative process in which the student benefits from constructive feedback from the teacher. The task/project used for the SBA is something that is relevant to the student’s experience and reality. Normally, teachers would work with their students to agree on an appropriate task/project which has some meaning to the student. The student works on the assignment in stages and receives quality feedback from the teacher at each stage. Each stage allows the student an opportunity to add to previous knowledge and to improve on the previous draft. The final SBA submission should be the student’s best work. CXC® at a Glance
  3. 3. The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment The CPEA is a response to calls from regional Heads of Government for a regional primary exit examination. The CPEA is an assessment of the key literacies required by all pupils exiting the primary school system. It focuses on a set of literacies which are common to all primary curricula and are necessary for pupils to optimize achievement in life and at the next level of education. These include mathematical literacies, language literacies, civic literacies and scientific literacies. The CPEA uses a combination of internal and external assessments. The internal assessment comprises projects, book reports, writing portfolios, student-prepared test, teacher-prepared test and Can-do test. The external component is a multiple choice test offered by CXC. CPEA™ SUBJECT LITERACIES Mathematical Language Scientific Civic
  4. 4. Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence The Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), first offered in 2007, aims to equip all secondary school students with a core of knowledge skills, attitudes and values that all secondary school leavers should possess. The certification focuses on mastery of competencies and this is reflected in the assessment procedures and the format of the performance reports. CCSLC is a cluster certificate requiring candidates to have five subjects to qualify for the certificate. The five CCSLC-specific subjects for which syllabuses were developed are English, Integrated Science, Mathematics, Social Studies and Modern Languages (French and Spanish). CCSLC English and Mathematics are compulsory in order to obtain the certificate. Maths and English could be combined with three other subjects from other qualifications such as CSEC Business, CSEC Expressive Arts, CVQ Level 1 and locally-certified programme to obtain the certificate. Like the CXC-AD, CCSLC could be completed within two years, however, a candidate has a maximum of five years to complete the programme. CCSLC uses a three-point grading system: Mastery (75-100), Competent (50-74) and Developing competence (0-49). CCSLC® SUBJECTS English Mathematics Integrated Science French Spanish Social Studies
  5. 5. Caribbean Vocational Qualification CVQ STANDARDS LEVELS Agro-food Processing 1 Aircraft Maintenance Foundation Skills 1 Basic Chaining 1 Building Construction Drafting 1 Carpentry 1 Commercial Food Preparation (Cookery) 1 Commercial Food Preparation (Stewarding) 1 Community Tourism 1 Cricket Pitch And Field Maintenance 1 Crop Production 1 Crop Production – Grow Box Operations 1 Customer Service 1 Dairy Farming Operations 1 Data Operations 1 Drapery Making 1 Early Childhood Development 1 Electrical Installation 1 Entertainment And Events Technology 1 The CVQ is an award which represents the achievement of a set of competencies that define the essential work practices of an occupational area consistent with the levels articulated within the regional qualification framework. Schools participate through the offering of programmes using the approved Regional Occupational Standards (ROS). These programmes are delivered using the Competency Based Education Training and Assessment (CBETA) methodologies. In order to be certified, candidates must demonstrate competence in all the mandatory/core units specified in Regional Occupational Standards (ROS) for the programme of choice. The ROS are approved by CARICOM through a process led by the Caribbean Association of National Training Agencies (CANTA). As one of the bodies empowered to issue CVQ certificates, CXC® issues certificates at Levels 1 and 2 to candidates who have completed all the mandatory units for the occupational area and statements to candidates who have completed only some of the units. Among the objectives of the CVQ are to facilitate free movement of skilled certified workers within the Caribbean Single Market Economy (CSME), develop in students the attributes of the ideal Caribbean worker, to enhance the profile and attractiveness of CARICOM labour force, and to harmonize TVET systems across the region In 2017, CXC certified over five thousand candidates in 45 occupation areas.
  6. 6. Caribbean Vocational Qualification Lighting Operations 2 Live Sound Engineering 2 Maintenance Of Parks And Protected Terrestrial Areas 2 Masonry 2 Mechanical Maintenance 2 Metal Work Engineering 2 Motor Vehicle Air Conditioning Systems 2 Motor Vehicle Body Repairs (Cars And Light Trucks) 2 Motor Vehicle Chassis Systems 2 Motor Vehicle Engine Systems 2 Motor Vehicle Steering And Suspension Systems 2 Motor Vehicle Transmission 2 Musical Performance 2 Nail Technology 2 Nursery Care Services 2 Outboard Boat Engine Repair 2 Painting And Decorating 2 Papier Maché Craft 2 Pipefitting 2 Plumbing 2 Printing And Graphic Arts – Computer Graphic Arts 2 Process Plant Operations 2 Rabbit Rearing 2 Reception 2 Recording Engineering 2 Screen Printing 2 Soft Furnishing 2 Steel Pan Manufacturing 2 Steel Pan Tuning 2 Steel-fixing 2 Wall And Ceiling Lining- Drywall Construction 2 Wall And Floor Tiling 2 Welding 2
  7. 7. Caribbean Vocational Qualification Events Management Services (Balloon Craft) 1 Extrusion Operations 1 Fabric Design 1 Fish Handling And Processing 1 Floral Arrangement 1 Fluid Power Equipment Maintenance 1 Front Office (Uniform Services – Bellman) 1 Furniture Finishing 1 Furniture Making 1 Garment Production 1 General Construction 1 General Cosmetology 1 General Office Administration (Office Clerk) 1 Housekeeping (Houseman) 1 Housekeeping (Laundry Attendant) 1 Information Technology Usage And Support 1 Inland Aquaculture Operations-tilapia Production 1 Library And Information Services (Library Clerk) 1 Light Metal Fabrication 1 Livestock Rearing 1 Masonry 1 Meat And Seafood Handling 1 Mechanical Maintenance 1 Metal Work Engineering 1 Motor Rewinding 1 Motor Vehicle Care And Conditioning 1 Motor Vehicle Chassis Systems 1 Motor Vehicle Engine Systems 1 Motor Vehicle Repairs (Cars And Light Trucks) 1 Musical Performance 1 Ornamental Aquaculture Operations 1 Photography 1 Plumbing 1 Power Generation (Stand-by) 1 Power Line Construction And Maintenance (Distribution) 1 Printing And Graphic Arts – Computer Graphic Arts 1 Property And Facilities Maintenance (Building Maintenance) 1 Reception 1 Small Appliance Repairs 1 Small Engine Repairs 1 Soft Furnishing 1 Soil Testing 1 Steel Pan Manufacturing 1 Technical Assistance In Tv And Video Production 1 Tree Crop Farming 1
  8. 8. Caribbean Vocational Qualification Upholstery 1 Wastewater Process Plant Operations 1 Water Process Plant Operations 1 Welding 1 Agro-food Processing 2 Allied Health – Geriatric Caregiver 2 Allied Health – Health Care Assistance (Patient Care) 2 Amenity Horticulture 2 Aquaculture Grow Out Operations 2 Audio & Visual Editing Operations 2 Bamboo Weaving 2 Brick/block-laying, Rendering 2 Butchery 2 Camera Operations 2 Carpentry 2 Ceramic Production 2 Civil Construction (Material Handling Operations) 2 Community Tourism 2 Concreting 2 Concreting/steel-fixing 2 Cosmetology 2 Cricket Pitch And Field Maintenance 2 Crop Production 2 Custom Services 2 Customer Service 2 Data Operations 2 Design & Construction Of Lingerie & Sleepwear 2 Early Childhood Development 2 Electrical Installation 2 Extrusion Operations (Plastics) 2 Fish Handling And Processing 2 Floor Covering & Finishing – Carpet Laying 2 Floor Covering & Finishing – Resilient 2 Floor Covering & Finishing – Timber 2 Fluid Power Equipment Maintenance 2 Food And Beverage – Bar Service (Bartending) 2 Furniture Making 2 General Construction 2 Health Screening 2 Home Furnishings Production (Fabric) 2 Instrumentation And Control 2 Jewellery Production (Leather) 2 Jewellery Production (Seeds) 2 Leather Goods Manufacturing 2 Library And Information Services (Library Assistant) 2
  9. 9. The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate CXC offered its first examinations in 1979. The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate or CSEC was offered in five subjects: English A, Geography, History, Mathematics and Integrated Science. Since then, the CSEC offering has grown to 33 subjects in 2017 at both General and Technical Proficiencies. CSEC uses a six-point grading scale post-1998 (prior to 1998, a five-point scale was used) with Grade I being the highest grade and Grade VI being the lowest grade. Grades I-III are acceptable grades at CSEC. Current CSEC subjects are Additional Mathematics, Agricultural Science (Double Award and Single Award), Biology, Caribbean History, Chemistry, Economics, French, Spanish, Information Technology, Industrial Technology (Electrical, Mechanical and Building) Principles of Business, Food, Nutrition and Health, Family and Resource Management, Principles of Accounts, Mathematics, English A, English B, Integrated Science, Geography, Theatre Arts, Music, Textiles, Clothing and Fashion, Religious Education, Technical Drawing, Social Studies, Physics, Human and Social Biology, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Visual Arts, Office Administration, Portuguese, and Physical Education and Sport. Additional Mathematics Agriculture Science (SA) Biology Principles of Business Chemistry Principles of Accounts English A Social Studies Economics Geography Information Technology Spanish Integrated Science Physics Mathematics Agriculture Science (DA) Office Administration Building Construction Caribbean History Textiles, Clothing and Fashion Electrical & Electronic Technology English (B) Food, Nutrition and Health French Family and Resource Management Music Religious Education Technical Drawing Portuguese Theatre Arts Visual Arts Mechanical Engineering Technology Physical Education and Sport Electronic Document Preparation and Management CSEC® SUBJECTS
  10. 10. Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination Caribbean Studies Communication Studies Integrated Mathematics Accounting Applied Mathematics History Art and Design Physics Law Sociology Spanish Biology Management of Business Literatures in English Integrated Mathematics Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology Environmental Science French Geography Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing Food and Nutrition Information Technology Chemistry Computer Science Pure Mathematics Economics Agricultural Science Entrepreneurship Digital Media Physical Education and Sport Performing Arts Logistics and Supply Chain Operations Animation and Game Design Green Engineering Financial Services Studies In 1998, CXC expanded its reach in examinations by targeting post-secondary school candidates with the introduction of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). CAPE was CXC’s response to a mandate from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Ministers responsible for Education a regional examination that would be at least equivalent in standard to the ‘A’ level, but differing from the ‘A’ level in its philosophical assumptions and, consequently, its structure. CAPE provides a unified system of certification designed to encompass current arrangements in sixth forms and to articulate with programmes at community colleges and universities across the region. CAPE brings academic, technical and vocational courses of study within a single system of certification. Initially, nine Two-Unit subjects were offered for CAPE, currently, 67 Units are offered in 35. Each Unit comprises three modules and each module contains several topics. The current CAPE subjects are: Accounting, Applied Mathematics, History, Art and Design, Physics, Law, Sociology, Spanish, Biology, Management of Business, Literatures in English, Integrated Mathematics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Environmental Science, French, Geography, Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing, Food and Nutrition, Information Technology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Pure Mathematics, Economics, Agricultural Science, Entrepreneurship, Digital Media, Tourism, Physical Education and Sport, Performing Arts, Logistics and Supply Chain Operations, Animation and Game Design, Green Engineering and Financial Services Studies. CAPE uses a seven-point grading scale where Grade I represents an excellent grasp and Grade VII a very limited grasp of principles, concepts and skills. Grades I-V are acceptable grades at CAPE. CAPE® SUBJECTS
  11. 11. CXC® – Associate Degree CXC Associate Degrees were first awarded in 2006 becoming CXC’s second post-secondary qualification. The degrees are awarded based on performance in eight CAPE units with Caribbean Studies, Communication Studies and Integrated Mathematics (for non-Maths students) being compulsory Units. Four degrees are offered with various specialisations: Business Studies, Humanities, Natural and Social Science and Applied Science. While the CXC-AD can be completed in two years of full-time study, candidates have up to five years to complete the programme.
  12. 12. The CXC “logo” • Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® • Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence® • CXC® • CSEC® • CAPE® and CCSLC® are registered trademarks of the Caribbean Examinations Council. HEADQUARTERS Prince Road Pine Plantation Road St. Michael Barbados BB11091 E: T: (246) 227-1700 F: (246) 429-5421 WESTERN ZONE OFFICE Caenwood Centre 37 Arnold Road Kingston 5, Jamaica E: T: (876) 630-5200 F: (876) 967-4972 CONTACT US TODAY! WWW.CXC.ORG • WWW.CXC-STORE.COM