Press Release

Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth Affairs, Fisheries and Agriculture
Release Date:
Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 3:06pm

Public and private school educators are prepared to implement the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) and Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) into their syllabi.

The educators attended a two-day workshop on April 4 and April 5, organised by the Ministry of Education and Culture and facilitated by the Assistant Registrar and officials at the Caribbean Examination Council.

Minister for Education and Culture, Honourable Myron V. Walwyn said, “The CPEA and CCSLC will be our key stage assessment at Grades 6 and 9 respectively and will serve as our benchmark for that level. Student results on this assessment will give a guide on where our students are and provide a road map for the teachers at the next level to follow and ensure that our students, especially our weak and at risk students, grow and develop.”

Honourable Walwyn added, “I need our students to receive the type of education that will engage them in their own learning, move away from chalk and talk classrooms, and vary methodologies and assessments to ensure that all students master content and skills in each subject.”

Acting Chief Education Officer, Mrs. Connie George explained that the ministry enlisted Assistant Registrar and Syllabus and Curriculum Officer, Mrs. Alsian Brown-Perry to conduct the training with secondary school educators on the CCSLC. Mrs. George added that Ms. Jodine Williams conducted her training on CPEA with the primary school educators.

The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) was first piloted by CXC in 2012 and is an assessment of the literacies required by all pupils exiting the primary school system. The focus of this assessment is on a set of literacies, which are common to all primary curricula across the region and are necessary for students to achieve at higher levels of education.

The Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) was first offered by the Caribbean Examinations Council in June 2007. The CCSLC responds to the changing demands of education, and is designed to certify the knowledge, generic competencies, and attitudes and values that all secondary school leavers should have attained. It operates as a benchmark for preparation in the CXC CSEC examinations.

The Ministry of Education and Culture is committed to continuing its mission in creating a ‘Culture of Excellence’.

Photo Credit:

Educators participating in the CPEA and CCSLC assessments workshop. (Photo Credit: GIS/Franklyn Skerritt)


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