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

Cherryl Stephens, Mervyn Millette, Joshua Samm, Betty Ann Rohlehr


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.


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

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