New subjects offering as well as a new approach to the teaching of History in schools are some of the issues looked at during the 50th Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) meeting which was held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines last week.

Speaking to the media at a post Council press briefing at the NIS Conference Room on Friday December 8th, 2018, Registrar of CXC, Glenroy Cumberbatch, said that projections were made to introduce the subject areas of Design, Biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics.

Cumberbatch said that CXC will be conducting some research in schools early next year to see what sort of interest exist from the students while at the same time “letting the students know the true value of those subjects to the new economies and to help the Caribbean create some expertise in those particular areas.” The introduction of these new subjects is projected to begin as early as 2019 according to Cumberbatch.

The 50th CXC meeting also heard a report from the History Task Force which was set up to look at the poor performance of students of History in Schools across the Region. The Task Force which was headed by Professor Coby and included twelve Historians from across the region identified several areas which they believe need additional work.

According to the CXC Registrar, the Task Force recommended among other things that the history syllabus be reduced and that a skills-based approach rather than a content heavy approach should be taken and that history should be more exciting and engaging while at the same time accommodating more local history in the activities that children do.

Additionally, it was recommended that History be made compulsory in schools after form three. However, the Registrar said that this is something which will need further discussions as it has the potential to impact on education policies in individual countries.

To this end, the CXC will set up working groups to have consultations with countries at the level of education ministry officials, teachers and students in the different countries. The working groups will then report to the CXC so that efforts can be made to implement the recommendations of the Task Force by 2020.


  1. Quite Frankly CXC has not lived up to the reputation of a good and quality certification, half of the SBAs are not done by the students themselves and then they say they get 10 ones 15 ones etc. Totally rediculous.

  2. Our education system is too slow to change…always behind the curve. His try should be introduced at the primary level so that students get a change at early self identification and nationalism with some areas of the importance of Caribbean unity. The grade 10 and 11 class sessions are al packed to capacity. If history is made compulsory which subjects are then religated to second tier to accommodate history? CXC really had its priorities backwards.
    Countries and regions, in the global sphere, are advancing not because of their emphasis on history but on their approach to technological, engineering and scientific related disciplines that lend themselves to manufacturing, production and improve quality of life and economic development for all citizens.
    History is important, but in a region that has limited resources and continues to fall behind the economic momentum-CXC needs to get its act together soonest!!

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