CXC Graduates, Employment and Further Study: Report on a Tracer Study of CXC Graduates With Basic Proficiency Level Grades I and II

Authors

  • Cherryl Stephens St. George's College
  • Mervyn Millette Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association - TTUTA
  • Joshua Samm Ministry of Education
  • Betty Ann Rohlehr El Dorado Junior Secondary School

Keywords:

CXC Basic Proficiency Examinations, Followup Studies, Secondary School Leavers, Educational Certificates, Employment Qualifications, Educational Opportunities, Caribbean

Abstract

The  Caribbean Examination Council offers a Basic Proficiency examination which is intended to test a wider range of abilities than the General Proficiency examination, thereby cateriing for a wider segment of the school population. The examination has been controversial and there is a perception among many teachers, students, parents and potential employers that Grades 1 and 2 at the Basic Proficiency level are of little value in obtaining employment or as a platform for further education. This paper investigates that perception. The results of the questionnaire survey suggest that Grades 1 and 2 are in fact inadequate for gaining employment or for qualifying for entry to advanced levels of education.

Author Biographies

Cherryl Stephens, St. George's College

Teacher; Member of the CXC History Panel; Member of A Sub-Committee of the Caribbean Examinations Council National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago

Mervyn Millette, Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association - TTUTA

Education Officer; Member of A Sub-Committee of the Caribbean Examinations Council National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago

Joshua Samm, Ministry of Education

Curriculum Officer, Technical/Vocational Education; Member of A Sub-Committee of the Caribbean Examinations Council National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago

Betty Ann Rohlehr, El Dorado Junior Secondary School

Principal; Member of A Sub-Committee of the Caribbean Examinations Council National Committee of Trinidad and Tobago

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