Exit exams being developed for Caribbean primary schools

BASSETERRE, St Kitts, Friday November 25, 2011 – The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is developing a Primary Exit Examination, according to Dr. Stafford Griffith, Professor of Research, Measurement and Evaluation at the University of the West Indies’ School of Education.

Professor Griffith said the exam will focus on pupils in primary schools in the region, acquiring the skills which will enable them to make a “proper” transition to secondary education.

He said the move is in response to multiple requests from CXC member countries, and is guided by a study in which he served as a lead consultant.

The Barbados-headquartered CXC was established in 1972 by an agreement among 15 English-speaking Commonwealth Caribbean countries and territories.

The council administers a number of courses and examinations at the secondary, post secondary levels, and vocational levels.

Professor Griffith said the council has expanded its use of technology and social media, “as a way of staying connected with the CXC community, and keeping that community connected.”

“It has also initiated a number of administrative reforms, which will make its work increasingly more relevant to the changing needs of the Caribbean, while stimulating efficiency gains in its operations. This will, ultimately, accrue to the benefit of the Caribbean community,” he added. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)