BVI AT FOREFRONT OF CXC E-TESTING

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Students, educators and parents had the opportunity to give their opinion on the various Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) examinations when Registrar and CEO of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Dr. Wayne Wesley visited the Territory this week.

While explaining the purpose of his visit Wesley mentioned that CXC is commencing on a strategic plan for the next five years and during his stop in the Territory he hoped to hear from the BVI stakeholders. “I am now responsible for charting the course by developing the strategic plan.  In order for me to craft that strategic plan and make it relevant to what is happening in the region this is a part of my stakeholder engagement –movement across the region to ensure I get the feedback and information that would inform the development of the next strategic plan for CXC 2021- 2025.”

Wesley in further explaining the aim of the visit said: “This is also for us to gather information that would inform us in that direction going forward. One of the things I am trying to change is that CXC is not an independent entity. CXC is a regional enterprise – which is made up of several critical stakeholders and we all need to develop collective understanding and a degree of awareness as to the issues, challenges that face the various territories.”

Education in many countries around the world heavily encompasses technology and digital tools and the Caribbean Examination Registrar General mentioned that CXC wished to move forward in that direction. “We want to ensure that a plan is put in place that would advance how we deliver education, how we change the regional landscape of education to be culturally relevant. We are in the digital transformation age now – how do we transform the classrooms, how do we change how teaching is done to ensure that our students are exposed to the requisite skills that would allow them to be competitive within this global space.”

As it currently stands the Registrar General said he is not satisfied with the current regional education landscape: “I am not too satisfied with what is happening in the classroom now because the classroom pretty much mirrors what happened in the 16th century – you have four walls, a chalkboard and you deliver lessons. We need to get a bit more involved.”

“One of the ways we are looking at is to bring artificial intelligence in, is to bring technology in,” Wesley stated.

Nonetheless, he said that the regional organization started the digital transformation when they commenced the electronic testing of students. “We want to bring that to another level where we are using technology – simulations, most interactive kind of lesson delivery so that students themselves are more engaged.”

The CXC Registrar also noted that the BVI is one of the leading jurisdictions as it relates to e-testing. “This is particularly good because it is a clear demonstration as…of our resilience-building within our hurricane belt where we are exposed to those types of disasters and the speed at which the BVI was able to recover and facilitate students still writing the examination is a testament of what happens when you move with technology and allow for it. BVI right now compared to the rest of the region is far ahead in terms of its adaptation of this new wave of testing. Pretty much they would have been leading the way in most of our online testing capabilities,” Wesley added.

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