Caribbean examinations and the impact on education

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This study described the background to the establishment of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), which was determined to produce a local examination that would have no adverse backwash effects. It was intended to be a positive teaching aid to teaching and learning, and a spearhead to educational reform. By capitalizing on the services of teachers and curriculum specialists, the Council was able to implement many innovations. The changes brought about by the Caribbean examinations were useful and desirable, and had a great impact on the education system. New syllabuses emphasizing more relevant content and skills were introduced and a variety of assessment techniques were used. The examination and the curriculum became closely allied and the teachers more competent and confident. However, despite the achievements, it was argued that the new examinations attempted too much too soon. It was found that there were underlying administrative and political issues which could reverse the positive effects. It was felt that there was need for long-term realistic planning based on research, and that the Council should learn from the experiences of other similarly structured examination councils


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