Four new subjects are to be introduced by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), next year.
The regional examination body is also taking steps to launch a project, to give school-leavers lacking vital qualifications, a second chance at education. The announcements were made, on Friday by CXC Registrar, Dr. Didacus Jules, as he spoke at the University of the West Indies on Challenges of Education In The Contemporary Caribbean.
He said, the four subjects would be added to the list of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), offerings from September 2013.
“They’re all new CAPE subjects, Entrepreneurship, Agricultural Science, Digital media and tourism and as you can see from the subjects that they are all geared towards addressing either critical decisions affecting the Caribbean now or strategic opportunities going forward in the Caribbean into the future”
The CXC Registrar also disclosed that prisoners are among those to benefit under the 'second chance' project.
“There is a major project that has been signed on with USAID looking at strengthening second change education, one of the drivers for that is that there are several institutions for that such as several prisons in the Caribbean that actually enter prisons for such exams. We are going to be working with these institutions to offer a complete range of opportunities within our existing suite of exams” Dr Jules said.
He added that an important part of the project’s message is that second chance education is not second-class education.