New CXC primary school exit exam in the works

BASSETERRE, St Kitts & Nevis: The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is developing a primary school exit examination.

This has been revealed by professor of research, measurement and evaluation at the University of the West Indies School of Education, Dr. Stafford Griffith.

Dr. Griffith says the exam will focus on helping primary school students in the region to gain the skills necessary to make the transition to secondary education.

Griffith said the move is in response to a number of requests from CXC member countries, and is guided by a study in which he served as a lead consultant.

With headquarters in Barbados, the CXC was established in 1972 through an agreement between 15 English-speaking Commonwealth Caribbean countries and territories with the objective of providing regionally and internationally recognized secondary school leaving examinations – relevant to the needs of the region – to assist in Common Entrance and other types of examinations; to produce teaching materials and train teachers to use the CXC curricula; and to advise regional governments on education matters.

The council administers a number of courses and examinations at the secondary, post-secondary and vocational levels.

Griffith said that the council has expanded its use of technology and social media, “as a way of staying connected with the CXC community, and keeping that community connected”.

“It has also initiated a number of administrative reforms, which will make its work increasingly more relevant to the changing needs of the Caribbean, while stimulating efficiency gains in its operations.

“This will, ultimately, accrue to the benefit of the Caribbean community,” he said.

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