THE Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), the regional agency in place for education assessment, says its committed to supporting students to meet the changing demands of the labour market, including shaping them to become entrepreneurs and employers themselves.
One such way in which they have sought to do this is through collaboration with the Caribbean Science Foundation and Sagicor Life Insurance to host this year’s regional Sagicor Visionaries Competition.
Students entering the competition must present a project which provides a solution to a problem affecting their schools or communities. These projects must employ some element of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics).
According to Assistant Registrar of CXC, Michelle Stephens, students who compete in the competition will be able to use their projects to support their School-Based Assessments (SBA).
“This allows us to bring the SBAs to life…,” she said at the conclusion of the Barbados segment of the competition, which took place last week at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Stephens said that she was impressed by the creative outputs from the students, adding that many of the projects were marketable beyond the competition.
“Their ingredients are using all of what we see in our environment and the creative science input into the projects shows us that these students are thinking critically, they are applying the theory to everyday life and seeing how that could be marketed for a solution,” Stephens added.
The Assistant Registrar also explained that CXC had implemented a strong business and entrepreneurial focus over the last few years and had taken assessments to the level of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level. The CAPE in Entrepreneurship was launched earlier this year and this course, according to Stephens, allows students interested in going out there and developing ideas into businesses to be supported in their ventures.
“What we found is that we don’t want students to just depend on getting a job, we want them to innovate, to create and to ensure that there is that economic circle going around and around for the benefits of the students and their communities,” she remarked.
Apart from Office Administration, Principles of Business and Principles of Accounts, subjects offered at the CSEC level by CXC for many years, students taking a specified grouping of courses can receive the Business Studies Certificate. Accounting and Management of Business have been joined by Entrepre-neurship and Digital Media at the CAPE level. (RS)