CXC’s Subject Phase-Out Won’t Affect Antigua and Barbuda Students, Registrar Assures

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CXC Registrar Myrick Smith (Facebook photo)

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) will phase out certain subjects from the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), but this change will not impact students in Antigua and Barbuda.

CXC Registrar Myrick Smith reassured that while Jamaica is experiencing backlash, the affected subjects—Agricultural Science (double award), Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Technology, and Green Engineering—have seen low student enrollment. This trend has led to the decision.

The suspension starts in September 2024. However, CXC is open to making exceptions for territories that wish to continue offering these subjects, provided they cover the full costs and meet minimum enrollment requirements.

In Jamaica, education authorities are demanding a clear plan from CXC and the Ministry of Education.

They seek alternative subjects, measures to support affected students and teachers, and clarification on the focus on STEM subjects.

Additionally, they want assurances regarding the transformation of education initiatives and secure tenure for teachers in the impacted subjects.

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