KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — St Vincent and the Grenadines will host this year’s annual governance meetings of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). The two major meetings: the meeting of the School Examinations Committee (SEC) and the meeting of Council will be held on Thursday 6 and Friday 7 December 2018 respectively, under the chairmanship of Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.
On the night of Thursday 6 December, the official opening of Council and the presentation of awards for outstanding performance in the May/June examinations will take place in Kingstown. Awards will be presented for outstanding performances in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC).
Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, will deliver the feature address. St Clare Prince, minister of education, national reconciliation and information, will deliver remarks, while Beckles and Glenroy Cumberbatch, CXC registrar, will give brief addresses. Aadilah Ali, the most outstanding candidate overall at CAPE will give the vote of thanks.
This year’s awardees will come from Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts and Nevis, and Trinidad and Tobago.
On Wednesday 5 December, a CXC team will meet with principals of secondary and primary schools at the St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College. This meeting is part of CXC’s stakeholder engagement programme and gives stakeholders in the host country the opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns and express their opinion directly with CXC officials.
Prior to the governance meetings, a delegation comprising CXC officials and the 15 awardees will pay courtesy calls on Sir Frederick Ballantyne, governor general; Gonsalves; Prince; and Dr Godwin Friday, opposition leader.
The regional top awardees will have opportunities to interact with students from St Vincent and the Grenadines when they make a trip to the Grenadine island of Bequia on Monday 3 December, and on Thursday 6 December when they will be guests of honour at a brunch hosted by the ministry of education for secondary school students.
“The Regional Top Awards Programme gives the students a great opportunity to experience regional integration at its best,” Cumberbatch commented. “While they are in the host country, the programme allows them not only to meet dignitaries, but also enables them to interact with fellow students. They form life-long friendship as a result and get a better appreciation of how similar we all are.”
St Vincent and the Grenadines last hosted CXC governance meetings in 2006.