Vol. 3 No. 2 (1993)

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

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


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


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.