AS part of its 30th anniversary celebrations, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will this month honour close to 800 markers who have served the Council for over 10 years.
Award ceremonies will be held in Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, the four participating territories where CXC marks examination papers each year. At the ceremonies, markers will be presented with a plaque and a certificate of appreciation.
"CXC appreciates the efforts of all the teachers and resource persons who participate in the marking exercise," said CXC registrar, Dr Lucy Steward. "In marking scripts, teachers also benefit from first-hand information on the use of mark schemes, the strengths and weaknesses of candidates and topics that may require more attention in the classroom."
Jamaica's award ceremony takes place on July 15th at The Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, where just over 150 persons will be presented with awards.
However, the first two award ceremonies will be held in Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago on Friday July 11. In Barbados, just over 200 persons are expected to receive awards at the Almond Bay Conference Centre. Barbados Minister of Education, Youth Affairs and Sports, Reginald Farley, and CXC's Dr Steward will present the awards.
In Trinidad & Tobago, the ceremony will be held at the Cascadia Hotel when 300 persons will be presented with awards. Trinidad's Minister of Education, Hazel Manning, and senior assistant registrar for the examinations administration division, Baldwin Hercules, will present the awards.
On July 17th, the final award ceremony will be held in Guyana at the Ocean View Hotel, where just under 100 persons will receive awards. Minister of Education Dr Jeffery Henry, and Dr Steward will present the awards.
Each year CXC recruits 3,000 markers, mainly teachers, to mark the scripts of students who sat the May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
CXC first offered the CSEC examinations in 1979 in five subjects to 30,000 candidates. This year, the Council offered 31 subjects to 128,000 candidates in 16 participating territories.