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CXC launching new generation CAPE subjects
Published on May 6, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will launch five new-generation subjects for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) during the month of May 2014.

The five new CAPE subjects for teaching in September 2014 and first examination in 2015 are agricultural science, entrepreneurship, performing arts, physical education and sport, and tourism.

The five subjects will be launched in five CXC participating countries with each event having a specific subject theme. The first launch takes place on Friday 9 May in Barbados and the theme for the event in Barbados is tourism.

Guyana will host the launch with the agricultural science theme on Monday 12 May.

On Thursday 15 May, the launch will continue at the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce Headquarters, Port of Spain. The theme in Trinidad and Tobago is entrepreneurship.

St Lucia will host the launch, which focuses on the performing arts, on Friday 16 May.

The final launch will take place in Jamaica on Tuesday 20 May with physical education and sport as the theme.

CXC is partnering with various stakeholders to host the different events. These include the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) of St Lucia, the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) and various tertiary institutions in Jamaica.

“This step is a giant leap toward providing our youth with the knowledge, the confidence and insights needed to change the quality of the experience we sell. Thousands of tourism frontline workers who are in positions to make or break this industry will now have an opportunity to get a tertiary education. For them a CXC certificate, or just the knowledge gained while studying for that certificate, could be an absolute game-changer,” Hugh Riley, secretary general of the CTO said about the introduction of tourism at CAPE.

The introduction of the five new subjects follows the launch of digital media in September 2013. This now brings the total number of subjects offered at CAPE to 30.
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