BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean Examinations Council® continues its partnership with the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) via a renewed five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which will further cement the collaboration between the two organisations. The MOU was signed by Dr Wayne Wesley, Registrar and CEO of CXC®, and Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President of UTech, Jamaica, during the Launch of CXC’s 2021-2025 Strategic Plan on Friday, 29 January 2021 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.
According to Dr Nicole Manning, Director of Operations, CXC®, the MOU is an example of “…CXC’s objective to deepen its relationships with stakeholders, as together we develop our Caribbean people for global competitiveness.”
In his remarks prior to the signing of the MOU, Professor Colin Gyles, Acting President of UTech, Jamaica, expressed his delight at the continuation of the partnership with CXC®, noting that this would ensure the furtherance of the institution’s commitment to its mission of “the development of the people of the region”.
This MOU will establish an official basis of co-operation between CXC® and UTech, Jamaica focusing on curriculum and assessment development and processing, training, research and other technical areas.
Under the MOU, CXC® will be provided with access to faculty of UTech, Jamaica who will serve as resource persons in developing and revising CXC® syllabuses and as Moderators and Examining Committee members. Faculty will also contribute to the development of learning support resources to assist with the delivery of syllabuses.
Faculty of UTech, Jamaica will also contribute to the formation of CXC’s Research Advisory Group which will embark on research including, but not limited to, the digital transformation of the education system.
Additionally, the MOU will allow for collaboration on teacher development to advance teaching, learning and assessment in the Caribbean. It will ensure UTech, Jamaica’s recognition of the CXC® Associate Degree (CXC®-AD) qualification and the sharing of examination results for the purpose of matriculation as authorised by candidates.
The Caribbean Examinations Council® (CXC®) was established in 1972 under Agreement by the Participating Governments in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). CXC® assures the global human resource competitiveness of the Caribbean through the provision of syllabuses of the highest quality; valid and reliable examinations and certificates of international repute for students of all ages, abilities and interests; services to educational institutions in the development of syllabuses, examinations and examinations’ administration, in the most cost-effective way.
CXC® comprises 16 Participating Countries: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands.
The first examinations for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate® (CSEC®) were offered in 1979 in five subjects. Subsequent to CSEC®, CXC® has introduced a comprehensive suite of qualifications to meet the needs of the region: Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment™ (CPEA™), Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence® (CCSLC®), *Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination® (CAPE®) and the CXC® Associate Degree (CXC®-AD).
The organisation also collaborates with countries in the Dutch Caribbean – Curaçao, Saba, St Eustatius and St Maarten, as well as Suriname.
Additional information about the Caribbean Examinations Council® can be found at www.cxc.org.
*Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) is the trademark of the Caribbean Association of National Training Authorities. CXC® is one of the National Training Agencies in the Caribbean which awards CVQs.