CXC to meet with regional education ministers next week to discuss issues related to the discontinuation of 4 subjects

Representatives from Ministries of Education across the region are to meet with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), next Tuesday to address issues related to the discontinuation of four subjects.

The subjects are Agricultural Science (double award) and Mechanical Engineering, at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) levels, as well as Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology and Green Engineering.

Concerns have been raised by students, teachers and other stakeholders regarding the discontinuation that is reportedly due to a low take up by students.

Speaking during a Post Cabinet press briefing this morning, Portfolio Minister Fayval Williams said the June 4 meeting is slated for 10 a.m.

Noting that other Caribbean countries are concerned about the discontinuation, Mrs. Williams said the matter will also be taken to CARICOM’s Council for human and social development.

Meantime, CXC has sought to assure all stakeholders that it will take the requisite actions in the best interest of all.

This assurance follows an announcement that the examinations body will be meeting with the region’s ministers of education to address the discontinuation of some subjects it offers.

In a statement this morning, CXC said it is aware of the concerns being expressed by stakeholders, based on the premature release of correspondence addressed to the ministries concerning syllabi suspension. 

It said this situation is regrettable and understandably would have caused anxiety among its key stakeholder groups. 

CXC said in a bid to address the issue, a meeting will be held with the ministers and thereafter the public will be updated on the matter


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