Update on the Suspension of CXC® Syllabuses


Following a meeting held yesterday with Ministers of Education from various countries in the region, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC®) has confirmed its decision to maintain the syllabuses for Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®) Green Engineering, CAPE® Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® (CSEC®) Agricultural Science (Double Award), and CSEC® Industrial Technology – specifically the Mechanical Engineering option. This decision aligns with CXC®’s focus on offering a range of new generation technology and science syllabuses.

In a press conference that took place after the meeting, Dr. Wayne Wesley, the Registrar and CEO of CXC®, addressed reporters and shared the outcomes of the discussions.

“The meeting with the Ministers of Education demonstrated our shared commitment to find a critical path forward’ on this matter, given the pressing education and human capacity development imperatives facing the region.

The Ministers were forthright in their positions, pledging their support for CXC®, and for more direct lines of communications with the CXC®. I therefore want to announce our agreed positions emerging from the meeting as follows:

1. The Caribbean Examinations Council will continue to offer syllabuses for CAPE® Green Engineering, CAPE® Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology, CSEC® Agricultural Science (Double Award) and CSEC® Industrial Technology – the Mechanical Engineering option.

2. CXC® has rolled out a menu of new generation technology and science syllabuses. Some are not yet in desired demand. Governments will work with CXC® in building demand for these new programs to enable their cost viability.

3. Accordingly, today’s deliberations with the Ministers of Education reinforced the need for a collective regional Marketing thrust to promote the priority subject areas in Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Mathematics (STEAM) education and climate-smart Agriculture, which are considered critical for the economic growth and sustainable development of the region.

4. CXC® is committed to ensuring its communications protocols afford the Ministers of Education greater line of sight of high-level policy recommendations for decision-making.

In closing, let me state for the record that the Caribbean Examinations Council is deeply committed to the Educational and Human Capital Development of the region, and we will work with all our stakeholders to achieve our vision to advance the fortunes of our region.”

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  1. Debra Charles-Mark
    June 6, 2024

    Well done to the ministers for taking a stand on this one.

    Another thing that is troubling is CXC holding exams on public holiday in spite of the Caribbean not having infrastructure to support this (limited or no transportation, etc) and students and facilitators being excluded from participating in significant cultural events. With their support I am hopeful for CXC exams to at least be banned on Pentecost Monday which is celebrated in over 90% of the territories.

    Forward we go!!!🥳

  2. Roger Burnett
    June 5, 2024

    Whilst the CXC’s decision to maintain the syllabuses for CAPE is welcome, I am left to wonder if the educators understand what’s involved. Namely, that the subjects have a significant practical component that cannot be learnt from a textbook at a desk in a classroom.

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