opinion

CXC @ 40: Testament to Caribbean Assertiveness

By Dr Didacus Jules, CXC Registrar

2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) and while the organisation has been promoting the milestone, it is a significant watershed that is insufficiently noted at all levels in the Caribbean. The anniversary is being celebrated under the theme “Celebrating the Accomplishments; Continuing the Journey” and this speaks volumes to the vision that continues to drive this sterling regional organisation.

The move to establish the Caribbean Examinations Council was a bold move in 1973 and a very strong assertion of the confidence of visionary leaders in our capacity to take responsibility for our own destiny. They were not however blind to the considerable challenges that this posed. At the inauguration of CXC, the Right Honourable Errol Barrow spoke to the challenges as well as the self-confidence of that defining moment: “I do not think that anyone imagines that the task of the Caribbean Examinations Council will be an easy one. This body will have to develop and master skills acquired by the Overseas Examinations Bodies after more than a century of trial and error. It will have to break down prejudices which blindly accept the imported as superior to the local product… There is every reason to believe that this new venture in education will also be successful.” Continue reading