CXC 'history' book to raise awareness of the institution

Friday, December 05, 2014

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THE Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has chronicled its rich 40-year history in a book written by historian Professor Patrick Bryan, which has been endorsed by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites.

Titled A History of the Caribbean Examinations Council, 1973-2013, the publication details the evolution of the CXC and the contributions of regional leaders who, prior to Independence, fought for an examination system that best suits the needs of the Caribbean region.

At the launch held Tuesday at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Minister Thwaites welcomed the book.

"It defeats the notion that history has to be only about events a century ago, and emphasises the need for local and regional organisations to chronicle their own birth and maturity, which, I hope, will be taken up by many other institutions," he said.

For Acting CXC Registrar Glenroy Cumberbatch, the book will raise awareness within the region about the work of the noble institution.

He noted that the Council was the first to establish School-Based Assessment (SBA) and has been innovative in educational development.

Cumberbatch said that the CXC is one of the successes to the integration movement. "CXC is one of the
better organisations, in pulling people together," Cumberbatch stated.

Former CXC Registrar and Chief Executive Officer, Dr Didacus Jules, agreed, noting that "the success that
CXC is, has come about through functional regional cooperation."

He also hailed the publication. "It is necessary to learn from the history of the things that have succeeded in bringing us closer, such as CXC," Dr Jules said.

The book will be available on Amazon.com from January 2015, and in bookstores across the region.

Its author, who is a University of the West Indies (UWI) professor, said researching and writing the book afforded him the opportunity to "record for posterity, the origins, growth and development of CXC as a body, as a part-time educational institution, and as an organisation, whose records continue to provide critical statistical data on Caribbean education."

In his foreword, Chairman of CXC, Professor E Nigel Harris, said the book has come at an important moment when many doubt the "resilience of our people, either as single nations, or as a united entity".

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